The Good Rat: A True Story

The Good Rat: A True Story

by Jimmy Breslin


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In his inimitable New York voice, Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin gives us a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia—characters like John Gotti, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (named for his weapon of choice), and Jimmy "the Clam" Eppolito—interwoven with the remarkable true-crime saga of the good rat himself, Burt Kaplan of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the star witness in the recent trial of two NYPD detectives indicted for carrying out eight gangland executions. Through these unforgettable real-life and long-forgotten Mafia stories, Jimmy Breslin captures the moments in which the mob was made and broken.

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ISBN-13: 9780060856694
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 288,420
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jimmy Breslin was born in Jamaica, Queens. He was awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. His bestselling and critically acclaimed books include The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight; Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?; The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez; several anthologies; and the memoir, I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me. He lives on Broadway, the Big Street, in New York City.

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Nicholas Pileggi

The Good Rat tells us about the corkscrew workings of the criminal mind where Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment left off.”

T.J. English

“Jimmy Breslin still hits the high notes...entertaining, insightful and 100% Grade-A Breslin.”

Pete Dexter

“Breslin returns to us from brain surgery intact, writing the way he writes, which is very good stuff indeed.”

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