From Publishers Weekly
Anyone fascinated by the gritty mobster world fictionalized by The Godfather or The Sopranos will find this audio selection inviting. Most of these selections are excerpts from nonfiction works, making the accounts of people entering the mob business, doing their first "hit" and leading double lives that much more unsettling. Aselford's reading of the wonderful introduction by editor Willis sets the right tone for the coming selections: he admits being equally enthralled and terrified of the mob; he recalls passing up a magazine assignment that would have required him to delve into the financial secrets of some very powerful and connected people. Two of the selections from Peter Mass's Underboss (read by Richard Rohan) and Killer by Joey and David Fisher (read by Gary Telles) are quite riveting. Joey is matter-of-fact about his many successful killings, but insists he's just a regular guy who takes out the garbage and likes to watch Jeopardy. Telles's Brooklyn tough-guy accent is so convincing that listeners will occasionally grimace as they listen to some of the more gruesome details. Rohan's narration of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's tales of life in the Mafia is equally credible and mesmerizing. Based on the Thunder's Mouth paperback.
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From Library Journal
Another gripping anthology from the "Adrenaline" series, this collection opens with a real bang (no pun intended) in a true-to-life selection entitled The G-Man and the Hit Man by Fredric Dannen, which purports to be the real-life actions of a hit man. Terence Aselford does an excellent job of conveying the lingo and style of a mobster who considers himself "as just another working stiff." His matter-of-fact descriptions of what is expected in a contract, the details of planning the hit, and the nuances of completing a job set the stage for the rest of these heavy-hitting works. Nonfiction and fiction contributions from the best chroniclers of this genre include Peter Maas (Underboss) and Joseph D. Pistone (Donnie Brasco) and are further enhanced by Bruce McCall's Gangland Style and Pino Arlacchi's Mafia Business. Each narrator's (Aselford, Richard Rohan, and Gary Telles) understated interview style creates an authentic feel that augments the drama. In his introduction, Willis addresses his (and many others') fascination with organized crime without using his selections to lionize its lifestyle. What with the popularity of The Sopranos, it's obvious that a great many people are mesmerized by the underworld. An excellent sampler for this genre; highly recommended for public libraries.Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO
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