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Posted January 24, 2009
This is one of the best books i have read in a long time. Don Herion really captures your attention in this book. It is a real page turner. It gives you so much information about the mob and how things use to work in the good old Days of Chicago. I enjoyed reading about all the encouters and cases and just knowing that this stuff is all true makes the book more enjoyable. This book is really worth the read. Its undescrible you have to read it to find out. Definately should be made into a movieWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 23, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. It is filled with short stories about the life of a long time Chicago cop. The author leaves the reader with a realistic view from behind the scenes. I found the author's experience with organized crime very interesting and impressive. There are many colorful characters, shocking events, and humorous stories. I laughed outloud many times. Some events don't turn out the way we would like, but that's reality. I imagined the author to be quite a character himself and at times I felt like I could almost hear his sarcasm. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2008
I've always liked the cops better than the robbers, and Don Herion was one of the best of the good guys. He was an exceptional street cop, but he really found his life's calling and made his bones when he moved up to the vice squad and took on the Chicago Outfit. Herion duked it out toe-to-toe with Mob bosses and professional hitmen from Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo to 'Crazy' Sam DeStefano, who handled juice and built a torture chamber in his basement. Herion's book is filled as well with lesser but equally exotic underword characters like 300-pound glutton and bookie Nick 'Kegee' Galanos -- who became one of Herion's most valuable snitches before becoming a murder statistic. Kegee and others are uniquely Chicago. My favorite anecdote tells of the time Herion busted longtime mobster Lenny Patrick for running a book a few blocks from Wrigley Field. As Herion and his partner closed in on the Outfit's old hit-man, Patrick's face turned pasty gray and he started to shake until he realized they were cops, not killers. 'You never know,' he croaked when the plain-clothes vice cops identified themselves. 'There are a lot of nuts out on the street.' If you want a good look at the Chicago underworld, especially the bloodthirsty kingpins who ran the Outfit, give Herion's gritty memoir a read. You won't be sorry. -- Cliff Linedecker author 'The Man Who Killed Boys'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2008
Find out first hand what it is like to be working the streets of Chicago as a Chicago Police Officer/Detective. Don Herion handled some of the most dangerous mobsters and put an end to their illegal activites. Very entertaining. You can't put the book down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.