The Good Guys

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* Chain-smoking Mickey Fists isn't sure if he's an "addict" or an "attic."
• The Freemont Avenue Social Club is on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. So are the best wiretaps FBI money can buy.
• Skinny Al weighed 320 pounds and lived life to the fullest...until someone burned out his eardrums and shot his body full of holes. Hundreds of writers have tried to capture life inside the mob, but no one has ever had the inside access to write a book like this one. Drawing on the ...

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Overview

* Chain-smoking Mickey Fists isn't sure if he's an "addict" or an "attic."
• The Freemont Avenue Social Club is on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. So are the best wiretaps FBI money can buy.
• Skinny Al weighed 320 pounds and lived life to the fullest...until someone burned out his eardrums and shot his body full of holes. Hundreds of writers have tried to capture life inside the mob, but no one has ever had the inside access to write a book like this one. Drawing on the firsthand experience of former undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone-aka Donnie Brasco-as well as former Mafia prince Bill Bonanno, The Good Guys straddles both sides of the law, races relentlessly through the New York City underworld, and crackles with characters and moments so vivid they will never let you go. At Columbia University, a professor of Russian literature has gone missing. A few miles and light-years away, Little Eddie LaRocca and Bobby San Filippo are on the move-dealing in everything from hot-sheet hotels to bootleg Fuji film. When the hoods are sent to find the professor, they find out that someone else is looking, too. Beautiful FBI agent Laura Russo is making her preppy partner's head spin. She knows the missing man is important-and somehow connected to a recent mob hit. While Eddie and Bobby are fighting their way through ugly deeds and pretty coeds, these feds will cook up some business of their own, turning a little disagreement among criminals into an all-out war... Capturing the organized crime world of the go-go '80s, Pistone and Bonanno's one-of-a-kind collaboration is bad to the bone-and as marvelously authentic as it gets.

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Bonanno once ran a huge crime family (see Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story). Pistone once infiltrated it (see Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia). They've come together to create history er, fiction in what is touted as a realistic, gritty thriller. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A real-life goodfella collaborating on a fictional thriller about organized crime with the undercover cop who spent six years penetrating the goodfella's family? Fuhgeddaboudit! But that's precisely what we've got here: ex-mob boss Bill Bonanno, son of the legendary Joe Bonanno (shades of Marlon Brando in The Godfather), and former FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco) are linked together as the unlikeliest of odd couples (a la Hatfield and McCoy). The fruit of their labor, however, turns out to be the very model of a high-octane page-turner, the kind so often promised and so infrequently delivered. It's the characters, reader-people you may not like but whose reality you'll hesitate to doubt and whose vagaries won't bore you even for a New York minute. On law enforcement's side are Laura Russo and Connor O'Brien, young and savvy FBI agents. Dedicated as all get-out they are, but they may be falling in love, a condition they entertainingly struggle against. A matter of professionalism. On the Mafioso side is that elegant wiseguy Bobby (Blue Eyes) San Filippo, smart enough to have been a successful whatever were he not-and he knows it-"an excitement junkie." Russo and O'Brien are part of an FBI surveillance team concerned with the unsavory doings of the Freemont Avenue Social club, which has been thoroughly bugged. Surprisingly, events soon involve the disappearance of a Columbia University Slavic Studies professor, which in turn signals the appearance of new hoods in the 'hood, the Russian wiseguys. Bobby Blue Eyes hates them bitterly, with cause, while Russo and O'Brien have their own Russian ax to grind. A temporary alliance leads to a denouement in the O.K.Corral tradition, though buckets bloodier. Bonanno and Pistone: a pairing made in bookseller heaven. Agent: Frank Weimann/The Literary Group
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446529655
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,067,008
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    A fun novel from Joe Pistone

    Joe Pistone takes his inside knowledge of the New York Italian Mafia and uses it to spin a fine novel with realistic dialogue a good plot and a tie in to the Russian mob.

    J.R. Locke, Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale
    & Down and Out in Manhattan

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    GREAT READ!!!!

    This is a great book. I'm hoping it becomes a movie ASAP. Although it is fiction, consider the collaborators and you can tell there are some very real stories in there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    ABSORBING STORY TOLD BY 'THE GOOD GUYS' THEMSELVES

    Eye witness testimony, first-hand reports - nothing grabs us much more quickly than someone who can tell it like it actually is or was. When it comes to the mob, few are willing to talk about it. Bill Bonnano and Joe Pistone are more than willing and they do talk about it in absorbing detail with 'The Good Guys.' More reliable sources couldn't be found. Bill Bonanno is a former chief in the Bonnano crime family, and the author of 'Bound By Honor: A Mafioso's Story.' More widely known as Donnie Brasco, Joe Pistone was an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the mob. His daring eventually led to the New York crime prosecutions that ripped apart that city's top five crime families. What a pair! 'The Good Guys' takes place in, where else? New York City. It's the 1980s and a Russian language professor at Columbia University has disappeared. He may have ties to a burgeoning Russian mafia syndicate. Little Eddie LaRocca and Bobby San Filippo (not good guys) are dispatched to find him. They soon find out they're not the only ones searching - the FBI is also chasing down leads. Listeners will enjoy meeting FBI agents Connor O'Brien and Laura Russo. Those who have followed The Sopranos will be familiar with characters similar to the lethal Bobby Hats, and his stop-at-nothing attempts to rise higher in the mob. Good listening for those who enjoy prime crime. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Great Read Almost as Good as Luck to Lose By Michael Fox

    Great read a real page turner. Good characters and Believable plotline

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Awesome book!!!!!

    This was a great read. I could not put it down. It reads like a script . This will make a GREAT MOVIE! I am sure it will be one of those books you read many times. You will not be disappointed with book at all. ENJOY!!!!!!

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