They Call Me Korney

( 2 )


Set in Buffalo, New York during Prohibition, this true story revolves around an East Side group of Polish gangsters. Korney Kwiatkowski leads the gang that robs and kills it's way to the front pages of Buffalo newspapers and an ending none expected.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
$14.50 price
(Save 14%)$16.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $9.87   
  • New (5) from $12.48   
  • Used (2) from $9.87   
They Call Me Korney

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$0.99 price


Set in Buffalo, New York during Prohibition, this true story revolves around an East Side group of Polish gangsters. Korney Kwiatkowski leads the gang that robs and kills it's way to the front pages of Buffalo newspapers and an ending none expected.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448671779
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,202,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Western New York, Rizzo has been a bike messenger, network admin, tour guide, school bus driver. He has written seven books, this was his third.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An easy-to-read book that's absorbing, and of special interest to anyone who lives in Western New York (that is, the Buffalo, NY area)

    My "Buy It or Don't" Recommendation:
    Buy It: if you're a Polish-American.
    Buy It: if you're from Western, NY.
    Buy It: if have an interest in history that's a bit unusual.
    Buy It: if you like a non-fiction book that's easy to read.
    Buy It: if you like to "WOW!" people with obtuse trivia.
    Don't Buy It: if you don't like being depressed by the ruthless world of mobsters.

    Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's a small book, by most standards. It also has fairly large print and line spacing, which can be important if you're considering buying a book for someone who's eyesight isn't perfect.

    Mr. Rizzo has obviously researched old newspaper stories and court transcripts for much of the book's information. That's not a bad thing, per se, but it seems like he could've dug a little deeper. Perhaps he could have found someone still alive to provide first-hand knowledge, perhaps even personal insight, into the Big Kroney Gang.

    I'm half Polish (or, Polish-American, if you like to be politically correct). I'm also from Western New York, and I have a special fondness for local history. Beyond that, one thing in particular that drew me to this book was the fact that my maternal grandparents lived in Depew (on Spohn Drive, to be exact, near the area once called "Swede Hill") back during the prohibition era. That's where some of events that are described in the book occur.

    I was surprised that Swede Hill wasn't mentioned in this book. Sure, it's somewhat of an obsolete term, even for people who live there. But, back during the prohibition era, most folks referred to it by that name. Perhaps if Mr. Rizzo had dug just a little deeper he'd've uncovered such a fact. But, that's a minor point on this book (call it a personal disappointment).

    Now for a more technical aspect: mistakes, or lack thereof. Some say proofreading is a lost art. Regardless, it's a difficult task, to say the least. As someone who has never been a good speller, I can appreciate how hard it must be to ensure a book is flawless before it goes to press. That said, I suppose I should mention that there are a few punctuation errors in this book. Most notably, there are many times were a period lies outside an ending quotation mark. 'Tis only a minor point.

    There are also a couple examples of unusual spellings, e.g., "employe" instead of "employee" (which Mr. Webster seems to agree is OK as an alternate spelling). That occurred twice, so I have to assume it's intentional. But, it does make you stop reading when you encounter it and wonder what the author meant at that point. Another unusual spelling is "dieing" (a spelling which Mr. Webster does not seem to agree with). Perhaps Mr. Rizzo didn't want to confuse the loss of life functions from that which occurs in hair salons to hide the loss of youthful functions (my apologies, as that sounded funnier when I first typed it).

    So, what does this rambling and long-winded review really say? Well, if you meet some of the criteria in the first paragraph, then this book is for you. If not, well, it won't "kill you" to read it (pun intended, sorry!).

    If nothing else, I'll bet that if you do buy this book & read it, you'll have friends & family impressed by your "good taste in obscure reading material." Translation: they'll want to borrow it. Perhaps that's the best reason to recommend "Buy It."

    Thank you for reading my review!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 28, 2010

    They Call Me Korney

    This book is the true story of John Kwiatkowski a notorious gangster of Buffalo, NY's East Side in the 1920s. I found the information interesting, but the writing style was poor. I did like some of the photographs in the book - I even recoginized some of the structures as a am a native of Buffalo. I just expected the book to be exciting, instead it was dry and factual. Not a great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)