The Sixth Family

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THE SIXTH FAMILY are the crews of young men who take orders from the mafia soldiers who are "made" men within the infamous and legendary five families of La Cosa Nostra in New York. Once a man is 'made' he rarely gets called upon to do the dirty work. For these jobs, the crews, or associates, as the FBI calls them, carry out all the assaults, extortions, hijackings, collections, murders and other crimes. The crews of THE SIXTH FAMILY live in a world of violence, intrigue, betrayal and the daily possibility of ...
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Overview

THE SIXTH FAMILY are the crews of young men who take orders from the mafia soldiers who are "made" men within the infamous and legendary five families of La Cosa Nostra in New York. Once a man is 'made' he rarely gets called upon to do the dirty work. For these jobs, the crews, or associates, as the FBI calls them, carry out all the assaults, extortions, hijackings, collections, murders and other crimes. The crews of THE SIXTH FAMILY live in a world of violence, intrigue, betrayal and the daily possibility of dying an unexpected and violent death.
This is the story of Frankie Russo's crew - Tony, who is Frankie's kid brother, Vinny, Jakey, Bruno and Fat Donnie - all in their mid-twenties and hungry for success as mobsters. They do the dirty work for one reason - so someday, if they carry out orders and keep their mouths shut - they too can become made men in one of New York's mafia families.
Vinny, who narrates with a colorful voice, tells the story of mob captain Carlo Vitelli and the "family of men" who work for him and his 'big boss' Roberto DiNardo. All Carlo expects from made men like Frankie Russo is to take orders for jobs, and make sure that the crew; Frankie's guys, do things right so the family stays off the radar of the FBI. But Carmella Balducci has a different goal. As a prosecutor in the U.S Attorney's Office, she is determined to destroy the DiNardo family and Carlo Vitelli. She has an informant from "inside the family," who can help her make a name for herself by bringing down these powerful mobsters.
Carlo has to trust Frankie that the crew will be loyal to him. Tony, Vinny, Jakey, Bruno and Fat Donnie don't always get things right, but their blunders and attempts not to piss off Frankie often cause amusing chaos as they do their hits, plan their robberies and even kidnap a soap opera star.

An accomplished filmmaker and author, Amoruso writes incredibly engaging dialogue and creates realistic characters, just like the guys from his "old neighborhood" in Brooklyn where he grew up. As a kid, Amoruso would deliver sealed brown bags filled with betting slips to the nearby bookies from the wise guys at the local "social club." They would tip Marino a few bucks and on occasion, bring him inside the club for a cold soda. Even as a youngster he observed and absorbed everything about these unique men - the way they spoke, dressed and acted - and it all comes out in THE SIXTH FAMILY. Amoruso presents a realistic, gritty and accurate portrayal of life at the lowest level of organized crime. The characters shine, the dialogue is outstanding, and there are so many twists and turns, you don't know who to trust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480086920
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 819,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marino Amoruso is an award-winning writer, director, producer and author. He has written, directed and edited over 50 films for networks such as PBS, The History Channel, Fox Sports Network, ESPN, The Arts and Entertainment Network, Madison Square Garden Network, Metro Sports, Lifetime, USA Network, Documentary Channel and many others. He has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, won the prestigious Western Heritage Award and has won awards at the New York Film Festival. He has written nine books - Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man; Our Contributions: The Italians in America; Back in the Day: Reflections of a Baby Boomer; Being Italian: A Memoir; The Italians: A Musical History and the novels Across 7th Street; The Sixth Family, Monroe City Blues and The Last Outlaw.
His most recent film, the docudrama Jackie Robinson: My Story, won the Best Picture Award at both the Long Island International Film Expo and the Garden State Film Festival. He recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sons of Italy in America for his contributions in preserving Italian-American culture, history and heritage in his books and films. He has three children and a granddaughter and lives in Bohemia, New York.
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