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Contract Killer: The Explosive Story of the Mafia's Most Notorious Hitman Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Pr; 1st edition (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560250453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560250456
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Donald Frankos, aka "Tony the Greek," was a contract killer for the Mafia and at various times was also a pimp, drug dealer, burglar and loanshark. His story forms the basis of the most significant true crime book in memory, for Frankos gives details here of such events as the 1957 shooting of Albert Anastasia, the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Incorporated, and the 1972 robbery of the Hotel Pierre in Manhattan, which may have netted as much as $25 million. Most intriguing are his revelations about the murder of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. Frankos claims to have been on the hit team and to have dismembered the corpse with a chainsaw and a meat cleaver. Hoffa's body parts in plastic bags were purportedly buried in cement at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A man whose only regret is that he became "a rat," Frankos is at his most vivid in recalling the horror of prison life. Hoffman ( Unholy Matrimony ) and the late Headley, a Las Vegas private eye, have told the story effectively, but why Frankos is not credited as one of the authors is a puzzlement. Photos not seen by PW. 125,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos says he killed Jimmy Hoffa and knows where the body is buried. Now in prison, he casually confesses to scores of murders, although only a few are detailed here. His story is told as a first-person narrative, a style that tends to encourage the reader's empathy. Frankos does not deserve it, but his tale is nonetheless chilling and revealing. Hoffman and private investigator Headley say they verified Frankos's allegations, the most startling being that he bribed prison officials to grant him illegal "furloughs" and used the time to carry out "hits." Essential reading for organized crime buffs, and there may be a wider appeal with the recent release of the movie Hoffa. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/92.
- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about the life of a confessed mob hit man. Some times books like this make me question if the author is not adding a little to make sure the buzz is there it sell the book. If this guy really did the damage he claims and for the reasons stated then why did not one of his "family" friends not put a hit out on him? And while we are talking, how many people have claimed to have been part of the Hoffa killing? So many they evidently needed to pick Hoffa up in a school bus to fit all the killers in.
Don't get me wrong; this is a very entertaining book, with just an armload of tabloid type details about the mafia and a lot of interesting stuff on the government and the witness protection program. The book is a very interesting jump into the world of the Mafia and you will remember of lot of the story for a good while after you have finished it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rjgrib" on December 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A great, honest, no-holds-barred account from a man with extreme courage and conviction to come forth and tell this incredible story. Not only are the characters fascinating, but we are also exposed to high levels of government corruption and how the system really works. I think "The Greek" speaks from the heart and has given us a most amazing account of organized crime and our criminal justice system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on November 10, 2010
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This book will hold your interest, but as a previous reviewer stated how much of it is true? "Contract Killer" Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos claims he shot James Hoffa in a suburban Mount Clemens home using Chuckie O'Brien as bait to assure Hoffa he was in a safe environment. Frankos says O'Brien was threatened with death along with his family if he didn't cooperate. Upon entering the house Frankos says he shot Hoffa twice in the head followed by Jimmy Coonan's additional shots. Hoffa's body was supposedly dismembered and shipped to the New Jersey Meadowlands and buried beneath Giants' Stadium. Maybe so! However, in another book entitled "I Heard You Paint Houses" Frank Sheeran, a close friend of Hoffa's, says he shot Hoffa in addition to the hit on "Crazy Joe" Gallo in Umberto's Clam House on Mulberry Street whereas Frankos says Sonny Pinto did the killing. Either Frankos or Sheeran is speaking with a forked tongue.

Go to this website: hoffasolved.com Click on the KLAS Channel 8 interview to the left of the screen. It'll take about three minutes to download. The entire three part interview lasts about 15 minutes.

In reading this and other books on the mob I have to conclude that mobsters, despite their suave appearance with expensive clothes and pinkie rings, possess a very limited vocabulary. Profanity abounds out of their mouths. In addition the oath of omerta is a farce. When it comes down to it mobsters will "sing" to save their skin. I better rub him out before he rubs me out. As I said in a previous review of another book they are nobodies wanting to be somebody. A prison or an early grave is their destination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Wolf on April 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Of the hundreds of mob books ever written, this one does stand out. Are the stories true? I don't know but they do sound plausible. It's told in first person by Frankos and he mentions a lot of "the names." He tells stories of mobsters written in other books, that will make you want to go back and re-read them just to see how they fare.

If you can find it, get it, it's a great read. Start your "mob book" collection with Contract Killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Marchand Ventimiglia on February 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Excellent account of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa but how many books out there or stories are going around claiming the same thing? I guess we will never know but this is a very interesting version nonetheless and thats just 1 small part of the book. This guy talks about hit jobs like he talks about taking the dog for a walk. Its a piece of cake for him. Its hard to go into everything in a review but if you dig mob books you will dig this one. Its a really easy read and its pretty decent sized and it holds your interest!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe on September 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
if you have read this book you will understand the need for it to be a feature film. it is almost impossible to get a copy of this book. "the powers that be" made sure of that. i presently own the film rights to make it . the script is done.afters 2 years of work .. now all i need is a green light . interested? contact me joe droneheads@aol.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book sends you into the depths of organized crime. It shows you the scum of earth and what little regard for human life some have. I say it is a must read. I mean, this guy goes on weekend passes from jail to make some assasinations. Plus it glimpses at the corruption of high officials, like Joe Louis, the Kennedy's, and other "highly regarded" figure heads of our society.
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