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Starred Review. NBA referee Delaney's fascinating account of his prior life as a New Jersey state trooper who infiltrated organized crime will be a must-read for those drawn to Joe Pistone's similar account in Donnie Brasco (or the movie adaptation starring Johnny Depp). In 1975, Delaney was a relative novice in law enforcement when he was tapped by a superior to help build cases against major Mafia families by creating and running a fake business, Alamo Trucking. With the aid of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times sportswriter Scheiber, Delaney captures perfectly the daily routine and perils of undercover work, and describes the psychological challenges he faced during the three years of Project Alpha: The granite foundation of my self-image... had given way to shifting sands of doubt and worry. While less heralded than Pistone's work, Delaney's achievements—which yielded multiple convictions of members of the Bruno and Genovese families—were significant precursors to the Feds' massive 1980s assault on La Cosa Nostra. Becoming a basketball referee after these proceedings was a return to an early passion of the high school all-state forward and captain of his college team—but the fear, he says, still comes back sometimes. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Feb. 5)
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"A slam dunk, a bull's eye, and any other glowing mafia or basketball metaphor you can think of." -- Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2007
"NBA Referee Delaney's fascinating account of his prior life...will be a must-read for those drawn to Joe Pistone's similar account in Donnie Brasco..." -- Publisher's Weekly Starred Review - October 15, 2007
It's OK.....until page 185. Then he starts talking about being a basketball referee. The cover of the book says "my years infiltrating the mob". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Midnight Toker
I thought there would be a lot more action and detail. Too much self reflection and not enough about the operation itself.Published on July 3, 2013 by Lucky Bruce
Product arrived on time and in the condition it was stated to be in. I was very satisifed with what I recieved.Published on January 9, 2012 by Ted B. Doyle
As a fan of real-life stories, and biographies of, shall we say, less than celebrity individuals, this book did not disappoint. Read morePublished on December 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Bob Delaney is a respected NBA referee whose life journey brought him through some stressful and harrowing events in infiltrating the mob in New Jersey's long shore.
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I am usually the first person to love a mystery or a Mob story, but this is textbook.
I was intrigued by the title and the jacket of the book, but by the 4th chapter or... Read more
Reading Bobby's book was riveting. Quite honestly, if the source had been made anonymous, it would have been too good of a book to be true. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Daniel Yang
The first part of "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob" is an incredible account of NBA Ref Bob Delaney's life as an undercover state trooper living the life as a wise guy in New... Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Fast Fidos