Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

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On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in Boston's North End early one morning in 1981 and began to compile the evidence that would lead to the entire upper tier of one of the most ...

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On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in Boston's North End early one morning in 1981 and began to compile the evidence that would lead to the entire upper tier of one of the most profitable and ruthless criminal enterprises in America.

Originally published in hardback by St. Martin's in 1989, The Underboss became a national bestseller. Information uncovered during the course of Lehr and O'Neill's Black Mass investigations adds new dimensions to the story and the authors include this new material-including Whitey Bulger's cagey manipulation of the FBI-in The Underboss's revised text and in a new preface and afterword.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nobody could follow these hair-raising maneuvers better, or write about them more authoritatively.... A riveting book.
Chicago Tribune
An engrossing story of the good guys winning big, told with insight and chilling effect.
David Nyhan
Fans of George Higgins' novels will feel right at home here.... This is how the Mob operates.... The full, grimy story.
The Boston Globe
Library Journal
This fast-paced, engrossing, and ultimately satisfying story shows how the FBI bridged the mythic moat surrounding Angiulo.... Gripping.
Worcester Telegram
An eminently readable capsule history of organized crime in Boston and ... an absorbing, true tale of cops and criminals.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The undoing of a Mafia underboss related with underdone flair or tension, this picks up momentum halfway through with the re-creation of the FBI's bugging surveillance, Operation Bostar, conducted in 1981 in Boston's ethnic North End, where Gennaro J. Angiulo's bookmaking operation was headquartered. Case agent was Edward Quinn, romanticized by the authors, reporters at the Boston Globe , to heroism. Still, the tale is not without a measure of real valor, especially given the ennui endured by the agents monitoring 850 hours of often boring, frequently garbled tape recordingstedium that caused them all to gain weight from gobbling donuts. An interesting aspect of the case proves to be the successful prosecution of Angiulo under the challenged federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Actby which he was ultimately convicted. And when he has served his 45-year term, there is a mandatory life sentence awaiting him for his conviction for accessory to murder. Photos. ( Feb.)
Library Journal
Ruthlessly and brutally, Jerry Angiulo reigned as underboss of Boston's Mafia; he molded it into one of the most lucrative mob enterprises in the country. An ``evil genius,'' Anguilo's fatal error was to believe the popular wisdom that he was too crafty and too well insulated in his impregnable North Boston enclave to ever be apprehended. This fast-paced, engrossing, and ultimately satisfying story shows how the FBI bridged the mythic moat surrounding Angiulo. On the fourth attempt, marked by a quasi-military campaign, the FBI secretly broke into mob headquarters and planted bugs which led to Angiulo's life imprisonment; he was literally condenmed by his own words. A popular, gripping look at the FBI operation, which monitored Angiulo's criminal pursuits.-- Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.
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Longtime investigative reporters for the describe how in the 1980s a group of FBI agents brought down Gennaro J. "Jerry" Angiulo and his four brothers, who had run the Mafia in Boston for decades. Their coup was placing a bug at the main office. The 1989 edition was cloth bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312917319
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.73 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard O'Neill recently retired as the editor of The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, one of the nation's top investigative reporting units. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, been a Pulitzer finalist, won the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, and many others. Dick Lehr joined The Boston Globe in 1985. Lehr has been a Pulitzer finalist, and has won a number of national and regional journalism awards. In 1991, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. O'Neill and Lehr are also the authors of Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal, winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Both men live in the Boston area with their families.

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Table of Contents

Introduction IX
1 Cold Pork Chops 1
2 The Mob in Boston 13
3 The Rise of Gennaro Angiulo 33
4 Catch Up 61
5 The Wave 89
6 Failure 113
7 Break-In 129
8 Inside 98 Prince Street 147
9 An Attempted Murder 169
10 The Noose Tightens 193
11 Mafia Murder 211
12 The Fall of Gennaro Anguilo 227
Conclusion 245
Acknowledgments 251
Index 253
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