Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witnessby Dennis Griffin
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From burglary to armed robbery and murder, infamous bad guy Frank Cullotta not only did it all, in Cullotta he admits to it--in graphic detail. This no-holds-barred biography chronicles the life of a career criminal who started out as a thug on the streets of Chicago and became a trusted lieutenant in Tony Spilotro's gang of organized lawbreakers in Las Vegas. Cullotta's was a world of high-profile heists, street muscle, and information--lots of it--about many of the FBI's most wanted. In the end, that information was his ticket out of crime, as he turned government witness and became one of a handful of mob insiders to enter the Witness Protection Program. "Frank Cullotta is the real thing," says Nicholas Pileggi in the book's Foreword, and in these pages, Cullotta sets the record straight on organized crime, witness protection, and life and death in mobbed-up Las Vegas.
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In 1994, Dennis Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, based on an actual case he investigated. He currently has six mystery thrillers in print.
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The other night, I found myself lounging in a cigar shop with some strangers. It was only later that I found out I was talking to none other than Frank Cullotta himself. I looked him up on Google and spent hours reading about him, The Chicago Outfit, and mobsters in American History. I decided to buy his book at Barnes & Noble, and I read the entire thing in five hours. The material that Cullotta and Griffin had provided acted as a reliable source into the structures of organized crime. Considering the amount of information this man had to remember and the amount of sources that were put into telling his story up until the Bertha's robbery, the book was well-paced and truly gives a trustworthy account of the life of a mobster directly connected to the Outfit. I very much enjoyed this book and it helped me discover how cool and dangerous the mafia really is. Frank Cullotta is the real deal and a very nice man. Buy this book!!
THIS BOOK WAS VERY ENTERTAINING WELL WRITTEN AND KEEPS YOU WANTING TO READ MORE DEFIANTLY A 5 STAR BOOK
Cullotta By Dennis N. Griffin and Frank Cullotta: In his newest book, Cullotta, Dennis Griffin paints a vivid picture of the life and times of a career criminal and Las Vegas mobster by the name of Frank Cullotta. What¿s so intriguing about this fascinating account is every word of it is true, as told to Dennis by the real Cullotta. Once started, you will find it impossible to put this book down. Well researched and artfully crafted, this is a must read for all who ever wondered if, and how, the mob got its hooks into the lucrative Las Vegas casino scene. Dennis chronicles in vivid detail the burglaries, robberies, extortion, and murders that were the everyday business of the ¿Outfit¿. From the psychotic to the honorable, you will meet them all. Fact is stranger than fiction, and this factual account is a must read. Dennis weaves a solid, interesting story that will hold your attention from start to finish, and I highly recommend this intriguing tale. Review by John R. Schembra Retired Police Sergeant Author of M.P., A Novel of Vietnam, and Retribution
CULLOTTA The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness by Dennis N. Griffin and Frank Cullotta Review by Ron Kruger, newspaper columnist for over 30 years and author of ¿A Higher Good.¿ True crime is fascinating. It has been the background of countless newspaper headlines, books, TV series and movies. Over the years, there has been a gradual trend toward more truth in ¿true crime¿ literature and more realism in the visual depictions of crime figures. Joe Pesci¿s brilliant portrayal in Casino is far more penetrating and revealing than were those of Edward G. Robinson. The popular series, Sapranos, is far more realistic than the old Untouchables program. I¿m not sure why others are so intrigued by crime and criminals, but I wonder most what motivates criminals and how they justify and rationalize the bizarre acts they commit. Beyond all the drama and entertainment, I wonder what makes gangsters tick. That¿s why I found Dennis Griffin¿s CULLOTTA so fascinating. It is a compelling look into the mind and motives of a classic criminal. He approaches this subject with the discipline of a seasoned reporter, objectively telling both sides of the story in plain English. He doesn¿t add anything for dramatic effect. He doesn¿t embellish. He doesn¿t extrapolate. He doesn¿t try to impress you with his prose. Like the old TV crime show, Dragnet, his motto seems to be ¿just the facts, ma¿am.¿ (Griffin¿s background, by the way, is not as a reporter, but as a police detective. Nevertheless, his journalistic approach puts most modern ¿reporters¿ to shame. He has written a series of books about Las Vegas and the famous mob figures of the 1970s and 1980s. Each one is better than the previous.) His latest work, CULLOTTA, is a natural progression of more truth in true crime that began with Mario Puzzo¿s prize winning book, The Godfather. While The Godfather was a fictional account based upon real characters, CULLOTTA is a concrete account of a real crime figure. It is the most realistic account of organized crime I¿ve read to date. No small part of that credit goes to the co-author and subject of the book, Frank Cullotta. Though a career criminal in every sense of the word, this mobster, turned government witness, seems to display a candid honesty that has endeared him to the enforcement officials who hounded him and the writers who tell the stories. As it says in the first line of the foreword, written by Nicholas Pillegi, who wrote the screenplay for the movie Casino, ¿Frank Cullotta is the real thing.¿ So is Denny Griffin. That¿s why he has become my favorite true crime writer.
Bought the book, and went to the booksigning in Las Vegas. Listened to the the co- authors,Denny Griffin and Frank Cullotta explain the rise and fall of the criminal empire in Las Vegas. Fascinating story and well written in Frank Cullotta's own voice. Frank looks like the grandfather living next door. He has a great sense of humor when speaking to the public, but told the reporters and the audience members that questioned him the facts about what really happened - and they're all in the book. Order the book and take an eye-opening peek at the criminal empire the Chicago mob ran in old time Las Vegas.