Kill the Irishman

Kill the Irishman

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by Rick Porrello
     
 

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Be sure to see Kill the Irishman—the major motion picture based on Rick Porrello’s true-crime masterpiece!

A modern warrior known as Greene
Was very quick and smart, and mean.
He scrambled hard and fought like hell,
And led a charmed existence.
They shot him down and blew him up
With most regular persistence.

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Be sure to see Kill the Irishman—the major motion picture based on Rick Porrello’s true-crime masterpiece!

A modern warrior known as Greene
Was very quick and smart, and mean.
He scrambled hard and fought like hell,
And led a charmed existence.
They shot him down and blew him up
With most regular persistence.
—From The Ballad of Danny Greene
Clevelan d, the 1970s:

A fearless Irishman boldly muscles in on the Italian-American Mafia—intrepid, charismatic, shrewd, cunning, and armed with a master plan to take over the rackets under the auspices of the Irish banner of which he was so fiercely proud. His name is Greene, his signature color is green, and with his Irish luck for surviving bungled mob attempts on his life, he is seemingly indestructible. In the end, the war with Danny Greene—and his ultimate murder—severely crippled the Italian stranglehold on organized crime, with historic repercussions that outlived the unsinkable Irishman himself.

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Library Journal
A product of an orphanage in Parma, OH, the charming and charismatic Danny Greene (1933–77) soon discovered that crime paid better than steady work. His stint in the Marines failed to instill discipline, and on his return to civilian life he joined the local chapter of the longshoremen's union, quickly becoming its president. Corruption was rife, and Greene easily moved into embezzling, protection rackets, and other mob-related activities. Police officer Porrello (The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia) portrays how Greene's unsubtle efforts to muscle in on the Sicilian Mafia bosses led to numerous assassination attempts, which Greene escaped with miraculous ease. His retaliation bombings brought a lot of federal attention, and even when his Irish luck ran out his downfall led to the breakdown of the Italian mob and the end of an era. VERDICT While the writing is somewhat repetitive and the chronology can be confusing, this is a rousing story of a bygone era. With a movie about Greene coming out in March, this is sure to be popular with fans of the Mafia and mob history.—Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439171745
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.04(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Porrello is a Greater Cleveland police officer with Mafia roots. He is also the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia. Porrello began writing his first book during research into the murders of his grandfather and three uncles who were mob leaders killed in Prohibition-era, bootleg violence. The book quickly became a regional favorite. Porrello is an accomplished jazz musician and soloist, and spent three years traveling worldwide as a drummer for the late Sammy Davis Jr. With a degree in criminal justice, Porrello is a member of the Italian-American Police Officers Association, the National Writers Association, and the American Federation of Musicians.

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Kill the Irishman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've lived in Cleveland all my life, and was in my late teens when everything written about in this book was going on. I found it a fast read, wish there was more. It seemed well researched. If your interested in and have read other Mafia-Cleveland related book, this will fill in a little more detailed history.
paulem More than 1 year ago
Good Read
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Jen Wash More than 1 year ago
Great book. I enjoyed reliving this era of my childhood in NE Ohio and understanding what was really happening.
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