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A great idea-gather some of the finest columns written by Philadelphia Inquirer veteran journalist Anastasia and publish a book-falters in its execution. For those who live in Philadelphia, Anastasia is a favorite, writing like no other on the exploits and foibles of Philadelphia mobsters. All those tales are here-the hit man with the wrong-sized shells in his rifle, the mobster who used his own car for a job, and the one who burned himself while torching a getaway car. Here, those same tales are repeated several times, and the out-of-context arrangement makes this a book to dip into, not one to read cover to cover. Anastasia's adept writing and insights are unparalleled, and many will find this an enjoyable opportunity to read or reread some of his columns. However, it would have been much more satisfying with longer introductions to the four sections and brief updates to some of the tales, as most date to the 1990s. While a fun addition to true crime collections, this is not recommended for legal/academic libraries.
—Karen Sandlin Silverman