Based on more than 1000 hours of secretly recorded conversations, this book tells the story of New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family. Originally dismissed by the large New York City crime organizations, the DeCavalcantes sought the opportunity to move up in the crime world when their big-city counterparts began having legal troubles and when The Sopranos, which recounts the life of a fictional Jersey mob family, became such a hit on HBO. Unfortunately for the DeCavalcantes, they had been infiltrated by an FBI informant. Although the show's creator has denied it, much of The Sopranos is said to be based on this real-life crime family, and DeCavalcante members were even caught on federal wiretaps bragging about their similarity to the TV mobsters. But while Daily News mob reporter Smith draws many parallels between the DeCavalcantes and the fictional Sopranos, the book does not quite live up to its potential. Much of the writing seems disjointed and repetitious, and a few superfluous anecdotes scattered throughout seem to have little relevance to the rest of the story. Recommended with reservations for large public libraries where there is a strong interest in organized crime books.
Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Greg B. Smith, reporter for New York’s Daily News, covers the federal courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan that serve as Ground Zero in the battle to end mafia influence in America. An investigative reporter for nearly twenty years, Smith has written for The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Examiner, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and other newspapers around the country. He’s also a frequent guest on TV and radio discussing everything from racketeering to the Latin Kings street gang to world terrorist organizations. Mr. Smith lives with his wife and two boys in Brooklyn, New York.
I found this book too complex to really enjoy reading. I usually enjoy this kind of book but this one was just too complicated.Published 10 months ago by bethylou40
In the biginning of the book it was a little draggy and that is why I only gave it a 4 star rate. However as I got into the book it became more interesting and informative. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lea Anne
Dull, uninteresting characters written in a plodding style. A very slow read. Sometimes difficult to follow who all the different characters are.Published 23 months ago by irvem
Fun read, especially if you are from that generation and cities it describes. Good history lesson for a lot of people on a lot of levels.Published 24 months ago by Thomas J. Fiorillo
I purchased it for a friend and have never read the book. The simply looked like some that she would enjoy.Published on January 17, 2013 by Mike
I PURCHASED 2 OF THESE BOOKS (1 FOR A FRIEND) CAUSE THERE ARE SEVERAL PAGES WRITTEN ON A FRIEND OF OURS. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Robert J. La Greca
Im 85 pages in and nothing has happened. I dont know where its going or even what its about.Published on July 27, 2008 by Danny
Fun, but a bit dull ... Flashes of real humor here, and some insight into how the mob of the '90s worked. Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by Big Dan