Superthief: A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in U. S. History

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Superthief is a captivating first-hand look at the life of Phil Christopher, a career criminal, Mafia associate, and one of the most successful bank burglars in the United States. In a raw and candid accounting, Rick Porrello takes his readers inside Phil's brutal street world and prison life and exposes the details behind the planning and execution of the daring and record-setting 1972 United California Bank burglary in Orange County, California.
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Overview


Superthief is a captivating first-hand look at the life of Phil Christopher, a career criminal, Mafia associate, and one of the most successful bank burglars in the United States. In a raw and candid accounting, Rick Porrello takes his readers inside Phil's brutal street world and prison life and exposes the details behind the planning and execution of the daring and record-setting 1972 United California Bank burglary in Orange County, California.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780966250855
  • Publisher: Next Hat Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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A police officer in suburban Cleveland, Lt. Rick Porrello serendipitously began his writing career when curiosity about the mysterious murder of his grandfather and several uncles led to penning his first true-crime saga, The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia. Porrello went on to write a second book, To Kill the Irishman which recounts the story of Irish-American racketeer Danny Greene who took on the Cleveland Mafia and was murdered in 1977.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Porrello scores again!

    Rick Porrello scores again with Superthief, detailing how master burglar, Phil Christopher, pulled off the largest bank heist in U.S. history. Porrello's dead-on, no-frills style exposes the underbelly of Phil Christopher, a guy who says about crime--'It's a rotten investment that will eventually suck the life out of you.' One question: What could an intelligent, resourceful guy like Phil Christopher have achieved if he'd gone legit instead of taking the path of least resistence--greed? You'll want to keep a towel handy when you sweat out Christopher's 30+ crime-packed years as Superthief. Cherie Rohn, Co-author of THIEF! The Gutsy, True Story of an Ex-Con Artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Truthful, Sad and at times Unfortunate

    spell binding and well written Superthief brings you into the everyday life of what some think is a glamerous way to live, but show the causlities in an unglorifed and truthful way. Hopefuly it will cause some to rethink their thoughts on crime-it is not what the movies make it to be. Superthief puts forth that reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    True Crime at its best

    Superthief strips away the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's portrayal of crime. A great narrative that gives the reader an inside look at the real underworld and the harsh realities of doing scores, getting pinched, pulling time and doing time. (Chris Mathers, author of Crime School: Money Laundering, retired undercover agent for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Superthief is Superbook

    Rick Porrello masterfully unfolds the life of burglary artist Phil Christopher and the inside story of the biggest bank job in U.S. history, through the words of Phil himself, his wife, and others. One of the best inside accounts ever of life in the underworld!

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