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Find Big Fat Fanny Fast [Kindle Edition]

Joe Bruno , Createspace
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Book Description

Joe Bruno's "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps" finished in second place (runner up) in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category "Nonfiction."


Since the start of the 20th Century, the Italians and Chinese in the Little Italy/Chinatown area in New York City have endured an uneasy truce. In the first three quarters of the century, the Italians ruled the neighborhood with an iron fist.

But starting in the 1970's, the dynamics began to change, as more Italians moved out, and droves of Chinese began flowing into Chinatown from China.

This did not bode well for Italian mob boss Tony Bentimova (Tony B), so he enlists the help of his most trusted killer, Big Fat Fanny Fanelli, all six-foot six-inches and six hundred and sixty pounds of her, to ensure the Italians maintain control of all the illegal rackets in Lower Manhattan.

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Editorial Reviews


All good comedy is based in reality. Joe Bruno has taken real situations from "the old neighborhood," which happens to be New York's Little Italy, and stretched them into laugh-producing fiction. If you've grown up in a neighborhood like Little Italy of any ethnic group, you'll feel like your back home and will laugh your ass off.  If you're not, you'll just laugh your ass off and look for another Joe Bruno novel. --Sonny Girard - Author

Fuhgeddabout guys like Hamill and Breslin, there is no more genuine a guide to the sights and sounds of New York's recent past than Joe Bruno. --David Bellel - Knickerbocker Village Blog

"Find Big Fat Fanny Fast" by Joe Bruno is hilarious, well written, and a time machine-like journey into the unforgettable world of Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. --Mathew J Mari - New York Criminal Attorney

I'm a sucker for spoofs and satire, so I found this book enjoyable. It was laugh-out-loud funny in many parts (such as the names and pronunciation of the Chinese mafia characters - priceless!) and kept me reading. Mary Vernon

From the Author

Writing "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!" was a roller-coaster ride, reliving my experiences of the past 50 years. I'd estimate 50% of the scenes in the novel actually happened to either me, my family or my friends (except the murders of course). All the characters are composites of people that have actually been part of my life. To reduce the possibility of a sudden "accident,"  names have been changed to protect the author.

In  my last novel "Angel of Death," no character was based on any person I actually knew. Every character was invented by my fertile imagination. That was drudgery; not the joy ride I experienced penning "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!"

I have enough additional personal experiences to write a sequel to "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!" Which ones will I use?

I won't know until I start the process. But don't worry.

The names will be changed again to protect the author.

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid.

Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456305891
  • Publisher: Knickerbocker Publishing Company; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00477438M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Big Fat Fanny Fast July 12, 2011
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This was a very funny informative look back of life in the lower east side of Manhattan. It covers the a time period of when the Italian mobsters controlled the area to the rise of the Chinese gangs and the struggles between the two groups. Some of the events in the book had to come from real life experiences (as they say you can't make up some of this stuff) but I assume the names were changed to protect the innocent or guilty.

Many parts of the book were laugh out loud funny. While I never lived in the area my father owned a bar in the area and I could visualize the streets and events through the book. If you lived on the lower east side this is a must must read book. If you didn't it is still a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly funny stories from Little Italy!!!! June 21, 2011
By Linda M
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This is a must read book for anybody who grew up or near Little Italy!!!! I read it on my Kindle and couldn't put it down. I laughed so hard,I had tears streaming down my face. Looking forward to the continuing saga of Fanny and Tony!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Fanny January 27, 2012
By Dakikle
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Fanny and B what a pair, funny and interesting all at the same time. I am hoping a sequel will carry on the story. What a great read for free. Thanks Joe
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok February 28, 2014
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I'm not sure exactly what I just read. I suppose it was a satire of some sort. And I suppose as a spoof it was pretty funny. But I have to admit it left me scratching my head a bit. For example, though there is a character called Big Fat Fanny Faneli, she isn't by any means a main character. She shows up in chapter one, then the book jumps back tree generations and the next 45% of the book is dedicated to history. Fanny shows up again in the latter 1/3 of the book, but is still on the sidelines. So, other than sounding snazzy, why is she the title character?

I'm not just being snippy here. It's a legitimate question. I'm not entirely sure I was able to pick out the point of the events that occurred, i.e. the plot. I'm not claiming it didn't have one. It did. But just like the title of the book is focused on an insignificant character, the events leading up to the culmination of the novel seemed less than focused. Amusing, worth reading, but scattered and a little too far reaching.

Again, I do have to admit the book is funny. There is a lot of irony in it and anyone who enjoys mob stories would recognise the themes here, purposefully exaggerated as they may be. So for a fun, fast read it's worth picking long as you aren't easily offended. I don't think there is a group or race that isn't insulted here. At least it is equally spread, so at no point does it feel as if any one grouping is being targeting for racist commentary, but there is no shortage of it.

Lastly, it had a perfectly good ending in place. It had wrapped up nicely and everything. Then it had to ruin it by going and tagging on a cliffhanger for book two. Grr. Still, the few hours it took me to read the book weren't wasted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read September 27, 2013
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It was a bit rough around the edges, but still very good book, Although the Italian mob would NEVER have woman member ,I was very very entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find big fat fanny Fast January 10, 2011
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Throughly enjoyed the book, lots of laughs, many memories of characters
I could relate to growing up on the lower east side. Like peering into
a secret world of unimaginable people that really do exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read December 24, 2010
By Rocco_C
As an avid reader, I was very intrigued to pick up this book written about the area I was born in with my parents and brother. Knowing Joe personally I was very eager to read the book. From start to finish its a very hard book to put down and would stay up late into the night trying to get as much reading in as possible.
This book has everything, violence, humor, mafia, romance and a twist at the end that will get you to nod your head in pride.
Anybody looking for a good read who wants to know about the 4th and 6th wards of the city-pick up this book now.
Way to go Joe. Keep writing and I'll keep reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joey B sure can tell a story! December 1, 2010
By Tony V
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Find Big Fat Fanny Fast brought back memories for me, the laughs as well as the fears from living in that same neighborhood. The fears from knowing if any of the thugs from those mean streets even thought you crossed them, they could kick your ass and leave you for dead. And to them it would be as routine as a salami & provolone sandwich. But mainly he caused me to recall the laughs - - every day bought a new adventure personally or a story about an adventure or close shave one of your pals had. Hell, even the Chinatown pool hall we frequented was like a Broadway stage production, with some mishap or other transpiring daily. Joey B captured the neighborhood moments and amplified them, just like a pro. He weaved together those brief experiences and encounters we lived through and made a tapestry. Great read! I felt it was a five star but gave it four stars to encourage Joey B to do more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
Easy reading and interesting.
Published 2 hours ago by Brian W. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL WRITING
Was impossible to trudge through this drivel.
And I TRIED, repeatedly, before I found out about the author's practices...
$AVE YOUR DOUGH, get a REAL BOOK. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Earthlings
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom Boom
The first Bruno book I read and it was absolutely interesting for sure! Very great storyline! Fough get about reading any other author!
Published 5 months ago by Tyler Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars eh
I like all things vampire and I get that this was supposed to be funny. It just did not hold my interest.
Published 9 months ago by Brad Lovett Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I purchased this book in error. t was actually trying to purchase a book about 'real Italian mobsters' so imagine my surprise to learn after reading the first few paragraphs that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by RV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
It's another great Joe Bruno Book. Well thought out and written, great attention to detail. Need I say anything more?
Published 14 months ago by Rony Barbery
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story!!!
This book took me in and kept its noose around my neck until the very end. The writing was oh so smart and at the same time a bit brass. Read more
Published 14 months ago by brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Fanny Fans Flames of Familia
A friend of mine, who is a friend of the author, recommended this book to me, and I couldn't get enough of this wonderful tongue-in-cheek story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Timothy Donahue
FIND BIG FAT FANNY FAST is a delightful read and had me in almost rolling on the floor at times. Humor galore. Bruno never ceases to amaze me.
Published 18 months ago by RJPP
1.0 out of 5 stars Guess you had to be there...
I love good jokes and puns and clever word play, but struggled to find anything beyond pre-teen, yuck-'em-up here. Not worth the space it takes in memory. Read more
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More About the Author

Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, says, "Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word 'alleged.'

"That's why Joe Bruno's insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he's talking about because he's lived through it. Joe Bruno's mob books are 'A composite of characters and events, which weaves the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of New York City, as well as in other parts of the country.'"


Joe Bruno's five-part series "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps," finished runner-up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category "Nonfiction."


A Vietnam veteran in the United States Navy, Joe Bruno started out in the newspaper business in the mid 1970s as a sports columnist for the New York Tribune. Bruno's sports articles have also appeared in the Middletown Record, Penthouse Magazine, Razor Magazine, Boxing Today, Boxing World, International Boxing, Referee Magazine, Inside Boxing, the Cyberboxingzone and

In 2000, Bruno's first novel, Angel of Death was published by Bruno's second novel "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast" was published in 2010. "Snakeheads: Chinese Illegal Immigrant Smugglers - A Screenplay" was published in 2013.

Bruno's true book crime book "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 1 - New York City" was published in June 2011. Other books in this series include, "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 2 - New York City" (December 2011), "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 3 - New York City" (March 2012), "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps - Volume 4" (December 2012), and "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5 - Girlfriends and Wives" (April 2013).

Other true crime books by Joe Bruno include, "Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple - From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated" March 2012), "The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal & Why" (May 2012), "Mob Wives - Fuhgeddaboudit!" (August 2012), "Whitey Bulger - The Biggest Rat" (September 2013), and "Mob Rats - "Gangsters Who Squeal" (May 2014).

Joe Bruno's most recent book is "Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles - The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc."(July 2014).

Boxed sets written by Joe Bruno include, "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Two Volume Set," (December 2013) "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Three Volume Set" (March 2013), "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Five Volume Set" (April 2013), "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set" (September 2012), and "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Eight Volume Set" (April 2013), and "Chinatown Mob Wars - Two Volume Set - Chinese Illegal Immigrant Smugglers: A Screenplay and Big Fat Fanny - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever - A Novel (2013)."

"Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps Volumes 1-5" are consistently ranked in the top 100 on Amazon in the genre "Organized Crime," as is "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set," and "Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple."

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What People are saying about Joe Bruno and his books:

Pamela R. Knoblauch "Pam M."
Joe Bruno is the Ultimate Mob Historian I have read a number of Mr. Bruno's books to know that he is the ultimate researcher when it comes to gangsters and the corrupt government agencies involved. His research regarding criminal enterprises is astounding with respect to how he weaves a very detailed yarn that is both informative and entertaining. As a voracious reader, I know that I'm in for a treat whenever I read a book by Joe.

I've read hundreds of books about organized crime. Some good, some not so good. Joe Bruno's has written some of my favorites. I enjoy Mr. Bruno's writing style, lively, informative, and just the right amount of street jargon.

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Joe Bruno probably knows as much as anyone alive about the various mobsters, killers, crooked politicians, and other assorted lowlifes who have inhabited the city of New York since the founding of this country, and he has compiled literally dozens of stories about these men (and a few women, as well) in a sometimes frustrating but mostly fascinating collection of meticulously researched anecdotes, "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps."

Alexander Flint
I enjoyed learning of the secret history of New York. This underbelly and lawlessness was the world my parents were born and raised in. I can't wait to read more of what Joe Bruno has written.

Chester L Stone
When I see a Joe Bruno title I expect to be entertained and educated and "Mob Rats: Gangsters That Squeal" fills that expectation. Joe Bruno is a combination of a historian, crime reporter and educator. As I have said before reading Joe Bruno is like having a conversation with an old friend.


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