This Week in Gang Land
Memo To The Mob From Cookie D'Urso: Be Careful What You Wish For
A mob turncoat whose sensational undercover role for the FBI helped send scores of mobsters to prison — including legendary Genovese crime family boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante — is breaking a decade-long silence to warn anyone now thinking about revenge to think twice.
"I am ready, able and willing to defend my family and myself," writes Michael (Cookie) D'Urso, a former tough guy gangster who survived a bullet to the head during a 1994 mob hit that killed a beloved cousin during a pre-dawn card game in a Williamsburg social club.
In an open letter to his ex-pals obtained by Gang Land, D'Urso said he recently learned that his current secret whereabouts and new identity had been a subject of discussion at an upper East Side steakhouse. Anyone trying to hunt him down would be making a serious mistake, states D'Urso. "I hope that 20 years later, no one would be so stupid to get himself into very serious trouble over me," he wrote.
Bizman Who Spent Xmas Behind Bars For Refusing To Testify; Likely To Be There Long After Easter
A Long Island businessman who has spent the last five months in the slammer after he clammed up rather than testify against a pair of mob associates who allegedly tried to shake him down, is facing another six months behind bars thanks to a move by prosecutors to add more charges against the defendants.
Who Ordered The Stabbing Rubout? The Wiseguy Or The Witness
For an alleged mob hit, it was pretty unusual: The victim was stabbed to death outside a neighborhood tavern in Yonkers in the fall of 1997. And attorneys for the Genovese wiseguy charged with the crime offer an equally unusual theory on behalf of their client: They claim the government's key witness in the case is the man that actually ordered the killing.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography — a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015. It is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau — as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.
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