Takedown

Takedown

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by Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
     
 

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Seldom has the netherworld of the mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Like the classics of the genre-from The Godfather to The French Connection to Wise Guy-Takedown leads us to the inner ring of a conspiracy of corruption and terror that held the city in its grip for nearly fifty years.

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Seldom has the netherworld of the mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Like the classics of the genre-from The Godfather to The French Connection to Wise Guy-Takedown leads us to the inner ring of a conspiracy of corruption and terror that held the city in its grip for nearly fifty years.

Rick Cowan was a young NYPD detective in 1992 when he dropped by a Brooklyn waterfront warehouse to investigate a recent fire bombing-only one in a string of interviews he considered routine. But what he found there was far from routine, for it would take him on a five-year odyssey and nearly cost him his life. In fact, he had stumbled upon the lead of a lifetime-the suspicion that he might unearth the hard evidence police and federal agencies alike had been chasing for decades: the proof of collusion among the mob families to extort billions from the nation's most influential corporations that call New York their home.

Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered-and murdered-at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of the season.

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It was a routine assignment. Young NYPD detective Rick Cowan drove out to a Brooklyn waterfront warehouse to ask a few questions about a recent firebombing. But his May 1992 interview with Sal Benedetto quickly took an unexpected turn when the sanitation company boss informed Cowan that he was no tight-lipped mobster, just an honest guy trying to make a living. Then, as the pair chatted, something nearly unbelievable occurred: The wiseguys who set the bomb actually returned to harass Benedetto. Pretending to be a relative, Cowan witnessed the shakedown. And thus began one of the most important undercover operations in the history of the New York Police Department.
Publishers Weekly
In 1992, New York City detective Cowan was investigating a truck bombing at a Brooklyn garbage transfer station when the "mobbed-up" thugs responsible for the crime showed up to further intimidate Sal Benedetto, the facility's owner. Thinking fast, Benedetto introduced Cowan as his "Cousin Danny," thereby averting disaster-and allowing Cowen entry into a landmark investigation in which he went undercover as Danny Benedetto to expose the Mafia's billion-dollar monopoly of the city waste removal business. By the time the grand jury indictments were handed down, Cowan had spent years on the case, helped put away dozens of mobsters and incurred lasting emotional trauma from the strain of leading a double life. Recalling it here in vivid, riveting detail, Cowan (aided by journalist Century) reconstructs a time when he was deeper undercover in the garbage "cartel" than any city cop had ever been, with the close calls to prove it. Whether he's boosting a wiseguy's car to plant a bug, navigating confrontations with goons wielding two-by-fours and baseball bats or suffering through a Mafia Christmas party with a malfunctioning radio transmitter burning into his leg, Cowan's exploits play on the page like scenes from a well-mounted mob movie. The Hollywood producer with the rights to his story won't have to spend a penny juicing it up: this is a well-told, gripping tale of a heroic investigation. (Oct. 28) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399148750
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Cowan is a twenty-year veteran of the New York Police Department, where he remains on active duty as Detective First-Grade. His undercover role in Operation Wasteland earned him a personal promotion from then Police Commissioner William Bratton.

Douglas Century is a contributing writer for The New York Times whose work has appeared in numerous other national publications.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read! It is amazing what this guy went through to bing these people down. With names like Rudy giuliani,John Gotti and HBO involved in this book, its easy to get a good picture as to what is going on. And the money flying around is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredible story...how a NYPD Detective gained the trust of several high ranking OC figures and brought down the entire carting empire. You gain an inside look at how the mafia hierarchy functions and how greed is their main motivator. I could not put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cowan and Century have a winner with this one! Best Mob book to come out in years. Suspenseful, funny, and intelligent. A must for any mob buff or investigator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK HAS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT WONDERING WHAT THE NEXT MOVE IS GOING TO BE. IT REALLY FULFILLS THE FASCINATION THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE OF HOW THE INNERWORKINGS OF "THE MOB" EFFECT SOCIETY AND HONEST BUSINESS MEN AND INNOCENT PEOPLE AND WHY THEY HAVE REASON TO FEAR THEM. THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE AND WORK THERE CERTAINLY OWE ALOT TO THIS YOUNG DETECTIVE FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS DUE TO HIS KEEN INTELLIGENCE AND SAVY INTUITION THAT KEPT HIM ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE MOB AND PROBABLY SAVED HIS LIFE. THIS IS AN EXCITING BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great exciting read. I can not put this book down. The real Sopranos. It amazes me what this Rick Cowan guy has done.