Mobfiles: Mobsters, Molls, and Murder

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For more than 25 years as a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer George Anastasia has made tracking the demise of the American Mafia his regular beat, writing investigative pieces, profiles and slices of underworld life. Mobfiles is a compilation of some of his best work-stories told from street level and often based on insights and access provided by investigators, prosecutors and the mobsters themselves. They are tales of murder and mayhem, love and betrayal, and the loss of honor and loyalty. All of these ...
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Overview

For more than 25 years as a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer George Anastasia has made tracking the demise of the American Mafia his regular beat, writing investigative pieces, profiles and slices of underworld life. Mobfiles is a compilation of some of his best work-stories told from street level and often based on insights and access provided by investigators, prosecutors and the mobsters themselves. They are tales of murder and mayhem, love and betrayal, and the loss of honor and loyalty. All of these factors have contributed to the disintegration of La Cosa Nostra. Indeed, the steady deterioration of the mob's own internal value system and sophisticated law enforcement have combined to take down the once secret and powerful underworld society.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933822143
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,383,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Anastasia

George Anastasia has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine reporting for this coverage of the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder. A reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also the author of four previous books, including The Summer Wind, his acclaimed account of the Capano case. He lives with his wife in southern New Jersey.

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Table of Contents


Prologue ix Mobsters 3 Merlino's Way: December 10, 2000 6 Fortune Favors the Bold: June 30, 1999 19 The Devil to Pay: April 8, 2001 22 The Hit Man: October 11, 1995 31 A Wiseguy Looks Back: November 20, 1994 36 Crazy Like a Fox: June 9, 1997 40 The Underboss: September 22, 1997 44 Gotti on Trial: March 8, 1992 48 Mafia Prince: September 15, 1991 51 Who's the Pretty Boy?: December 17, 1990 63 Little Nicky's Big Mistake: May 14, 1989 67 Life on the Streets 77 The Brothers Chang: May 6, 2001 78 Butchie: March 13, 2001 81 The Cop and the Wiseguy: February 20, 2001 85 The Wiseguy Shuffle: November 25, 1996 89 Dysfunctional Family: September 17, 1995 92 The Last Lunch: March 27, 1994 103 Bartenders and Bad Guys: December 30, 1990 106 Guys and Their Dolls 111 Married to the Mob: June 29, 1997 112 They Seemed Like a Nice Couple: May 1, 1994 122 The Hit Man's Wife: October 24, 1995 127 Crack Queen: September 28, 1997 130 Caught in the Middle: May 11, 2003 142 Wife and Mother: September 19, 1993 144 Wired for Sound 159 Mob Talk: October 9, 1994 163 Dumbfellas: November 5, 1995 178 Goodfellas Don't Sue Goodfellas: March 11, 1996 183 Wired: July 11, 1999 187 A Tale of the Tapes: July 4, 1999 190
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