Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer

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Following up on the success of the Adrenaline title Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, Adrenaline Classics brings back the New York Times bestseller (originally published as Killer) that helped pave the way for the latest generation of nouveau-mob stories, from Donnie Brasco to The Sopranos. "Joey"—a journeyman Jewish hitman, numbers king, and loan shark—collaborated with David Fisher (co-editor of the hit Adrenaline title Wild Blue) to lay out the rackets in gripping detail. His story ...
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Overview


Following up on the success of the Adrenaline title Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, Adrenaline Classics brings back the New York Times bestseller (originally published as Killer) that helped pave the way for the latest generation of nouveau-mob stories, from Donnie Brasco to The Sopranos. "Joey"—a journeyman Jewish hitman, numbers king, and loan shark—collaborated with David Fisher (co-editor of the hit Adrenaline title Wild Blue) to lay out the rackets in gripping detail. His story includes detailed accounts of his chillingly "professional" murders of thirty-eight victims. The strong sales of Mob are further evidence that the best mafia stories—and this is one of the best—capture the public's interest. Joey the Hitman's original best-seller status reflects the quality of the writing, the frank intelligence of the subject/writer, and Joey's convincingly matter-of-fact, regular-guy tone. When he writes, debunking The Godfather, "... Actually very few mob members even have Bronx-Italian accents ... a lot of mob people are not very tough, the people we meet and deal with are very ordinary, most of us stay home at night and watch TV, and we only shoot each other when absolutely necessary," you know you're listening to the original Soprano. This edition includes a new afterword from David Fisher, who for the first time reveals Joey's identity and the incredible story of how Joey finally died.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"This book proves that professional crime can be as fascinating as amateur crime," said LJ's reviewer of this volume in which a veteran mob cleaner, under the pseudonym "Joey," describes in detail what could be called his greatest hits. Joey reveals the workaday life of organized crime members, who are nothing like the images presented in novels and especially in film. In addition to 38 murders, Joey was involved in all facets of racketeering and explains how it works. This volume rose to the New York Times best sellers list and is still fascinating. "This cinch bestseller could earn its author an Edgar [Award]" (LJ 6/1/73). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This autobiography of Mafia hitman "Joey Black" is a reissue of the bestseller originally published in 1973 as . The text contains a new introduction and epilogue by Fisher, with whom Joey collaborated on the original book; the epilogue contains more details about Joey's identity and his death. Fisher is author of some 40 books, including (with George Burns) and (with Eddie Fisher). No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253938
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Adrenaline Classics
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 660,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1 Joey--What You'd Call My Early Years 1
2 The Gang's All Here 14
3 The Numbers 31
4 The Process of Elimination 46
5 The Shy's the Limit 71
6 The Business of Pleasure 89
7 Bettors, Bookies and Bookmaking 99
8 Horses and Other Athletes 124
9 Big Deal 141
10 Some of Our Best Friends Are in Show Biz 147
11 The Cost of Highs 159
12 I Can Get It for You No Sale 178
13 The Godfather: The Way Things Ain't 191
14 Gallo and Colombo: The Way Things Are 196
15 Doing Business with Cops and Pols 209
16 Fences 227
17 Going Legit 237
18 The Graybar Hotel 249
19 Good-bye 259
Epilogue 262
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good one!

    love it! great book!I highly suggest this if you like things that have to do with mobs and hitmen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    BEST MOB BOOK

    This is a Great Mob book for any True Crime Book Fan. Joey takes you on tour and in deep detail on his hits,bootlegging,etc.He tells you his about personal life as well as Mob Life.This was my first True Crime book read and I Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    a reviewer

    If you have any intrest in the day to day wrokings fo the underworld this is the book to read. Joey gives a brief history of himself, then tells how the major money makers of the world of organized crime bring in the profits. The work also reminds you how human hitmen are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Nothing new on crime, but....

    I have always been fascinated by the characters that appear in crime stories so this book is enjoyable but it is old hat. I want to know how crime outside of syndicate families operates in OUR world and a first time author has taken us there in Thoroughbred racing's Dark Horses, fiction perhaps, but the author John Russell speaks from the inside. Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    Not what you're expecting

    90% of the book is an explanation from 30 years ago of how stolen goods are fenced and about illegal gambling,loansharking, and other mob-associated activities. Not very compellingly-told and not a lot can be gathered psychologically about 'Joey the Hitman' because he doesn't reveal almost anything about himself. This one is only for people who love books about the Mafia.

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