Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor [NOOK Book]

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The inspiration for Fox TV’s drama series, “Mob Doctor,” Il Dottore is the riveting true story of a Jewish kid from the Bronx who became a Mafia insider and physician to top NY Mafia dons such as John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, Paul Castellano, and Joe Bonanno. As a result, the doctor led a double life: well respected surgeon and socialite by day, and “Il Dottore,” gambler and sex addict, by night. Welcomed into an exciting and glamorous underworld which included discos, drugs, high-stake gambling and beautiful women,...
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Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor

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Overview

The inspiration for Fox TV’s drama series, “Mob Doctor,” Il Dottore is the riveting true story of a Jewish kid from the Bronx who became a Mafia insider and physician to top NY Mafia dons such as John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, Paul Castellano, and Joe Bonanno. As a result, the doctor led a double life: well respected surgeon and socialite by day, and “Il Dottore,” gambler and sex addict, by night. Welcomed into an exciting and glamorous underworld which included discos, drugs, high-stake gambling and beautiful women, he somehow managed to pursue his true profession seriously and in time, became one of the nation’s leading cardiac surgeons. Eventually, he had to make a choice between loyalty to the mob and killing a government witness on the operating table, or remaining true to his Hippocratic Oath, all under the watchful eye of New York's top federal prosecutor, Rudolph Giuliani.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A respected thoracic surgeon and also a Mafia confidant, Elliot Litner was a self-described "nerdy, Jewish kid from the Bronx" who'd witnessed a slaying as a boy yet kept mum, impressing local hoodlums; later, his acquaintance with mobsters' sons provided entree to New York's Cosa Nostra during its heyday. In 1971, while a surgical resident, Litner helped Gambino family associates establish clandestine abortion clinics. Soon, Litner was the Gambinos' go-to for sensitive medical emergencies and even served as a courier for the family. His enthusiasm for the gangsters' rough-edged lifestyle wrecked his marriage, even as his career was, according to Felber, abetted by hospital associates with mob connections. In an overwrought narrative, Felber (The Privacy War, etc.) alternates depictions of Litner's divided life with the narrative of how Paul Castellano unwisely divided the Gambino family into white collar and "muscle" crews. This led to open warfare in the 1980s, Castellano's assassination and Rudy Giuliani's devastating RICO prosecutions. Things climaxed for Litner in 1986, when he was asked to engineer an "accident" during surgery on Giuliani witness Ralph Scopo, the request accompanied by John Gotti's threats. Litner's story, though provocative, is related with melodrama and purple prose and sheds little new light on figures like Castellano and Gotti. (Oct.) Forecast: An NBC Dateline segment on Litner could boost sales for an otherwise marginal Mafia account. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Il Dottore presents a new perspective on organized crime in the late 20th century. Elliot Litner was first introduced to gangster activity when, as a child, he befriended children of Mafia members in his Jewish and Italian Bronx, NY, neighborhood. Those connections, along with much determination and luck, helped Litner become one of the leading (and youngest) cardiac surgeons in New York in the 1970s and 1980s. Through a combination of Mafia pressure, curiosity, and his willingness to help those in need, Litner assisted the top guys (John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, and Joseph Bonanno) with a range of medical conditions. As the doctor became aware of the power he held in his unconventional "family," he enjoyed living a double life, saving patients during the day and indulging in prostitutes and gambling at night, while unsuccessfully keeping it a secret from his wife and child. Jim Knobeloch's fantastic performance provides a variety of voices for the many characters involved in Litner's life. Squeamish listeners should beware of some gory medical procedure descriptions. Recommended for public libraries.-Jesse M. Light, Memorial Hall Lib., Andover, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569805015
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 435,649
  • File size: 334 KB

Meet the Author

Ron Felber is a graduate of Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago, where he earned his master’s degree. After graduation, he worked as a deputy sheriff transporting federal criminals including hit men, terrorists, con men and drug dealers. His writing career began with articles based on his experiences for True Detective magazine. He has authored eight book and his latest effort, A Man of Indeterminate Value, is the first novel in the “Jack Madson” series to be published by Barricade Books in the spring of 2013. Ron lives in Mendham, NJ.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
1. The Commission 1
2. Bronx Boy Discovers Body 7
3. Initiation 15
4. Birth of the American Mafia 21
5. Into the Mirror 27
6. Boss of Bosses 35
7. Surgeon 1 49
8. Studio 54 59
9. Babania 65
10. Giuliani at the Waldorf 71
11. The Businessman Godfather 77
12. Love and Bullets 89
13. Mob Courier 99
14. JFK and the Mafia 109
15. Godfathers and Presidents 119
16. Trouble in Paradise 127
17. The Speed of Sound 135
18. The Mafia and Hoover's FBI 141
19. Giuliani vs. Gotti 153
20. Tough Guys Don't Dance 161
21. Rico Redux 171
22. Star Wars 181
23. Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Pestilence 191
24. The Concrete Club 201
25. The Hit On Scopo 211
26. "New Godfather Heading Gambino Gang" 219
27. A Tangled Web 229
28. An "Interesting" Life 237
29. The World According to Frankie Valli 245
30. The Death of Myself 251
31. A New Beginning 255
Epilogue 263
Index 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Excellent.

    Read this book pretty quick as it had you wanting more and more. A for sure read for any Mafia fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    I Read It In One Sitting

    From the moment I opened up Ron Felber's new book Il Dottore, I couldn't put it down. Based on the true story of a thoracic surgeon still working in New Jersey and his incredible double life working for the mafia, Dr. Elliot Litner finds himself locked in the middle of the infamous Commission trial, John Gotti, Rudy Giuliani and a Faustian deal involving an operating room 'hit'. This is a must read for anyone interested in mob lore, or a raging page turner that promises at least one sleepless night!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    I have just begun to read this book, but Wow!!!! it is incredibl

    I have just begun to read this book, but Wow!!!! it is incredible.  I really enjoy the way this author brings you into the story,  I love true crime 
    and  when the TV program came out I wanted to read about how the idea came about. 
    I have enjoyed and would recommend this book.

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