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Night of the Devil: The Untold Story of Thomas Trantino and the Angel Lounge Killings Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books Inc (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940159708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940159709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID STOUT, an Edgar Award winner, is a reporter for the New York Times and has written frequently on criminal justice issues. He is the author of three novels, two of which were adapted for network-television movies.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Tedesco on March 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am the sister of Gary Tedesco, the policeman that was murdered and so for me reading this story was very difficult. With that being said, I believe David Stout wrote this story with a great deal of compassion for all the family members and friends that will be forever changed as a result of this horrific crime. If you want to read a true account of the story that has been in the news for 39 years then I would suggest reading this book. David really did his homework.Everyone who believes hard criminals should be released into society again, should read the results of what allowing these two murderes into society time after time did to two innocent lives and the families and friends their lives touched. The two men who murdered them should never have been out of prison in the first place but one is now walking the streets with us again. The policeman got the death sentence and the families got the life sentence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Coluccio on July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the controversial case of Thomas Trantino. Trantino was convicted, in February, 1964, of the brutal, senseless killings of two Lodi, New Jersey, police officers the previous summer. Initially condemned to death by electrocution, Trantino's sentence was eventually commuted to life imprisonment, and he bears the dubious distinction of having served more time behind bars than any other prisoner in the Garden State. The author obviously did his homework, accessed the trial transcript, and interviewed many close to the case, including relatives of the slain officers. This story is presented in an objective, unbiased way, and Mr. Stout even puts to rest the horrifying (and, thankfully, false) allegations that the officers had been forced to commit sex acts before they were shot. There were several minor inaccuracies I picked up on, probably barely worth mentioning. Trantino's associate, Frank Falco, was a product of Manhattan's Lower East Side, not Brooklyn, and he had two sons by different women, not a daughter. Mr Stout also erroneously identifies Falco's first known murder victim, Robert Munos, as a loanshark "borrower." In reality, Munos was shot to death when he intervened in Falco's pistol-whipping of one James Wargo in Manhattan's Vivere Lounge. The author further claims that Falco was the black sheep of his family and his siblings were "nothing like him," but the truth is that while Falco's two sisters did lead ordinary, law-abiding lives and a younger brother, Louis, went on to become an acclaimed dancer and choreographer, an older brother, Eddie, was an equally notorious thug who eventually rose to the position of "capo" in the Genovese crime family in New York City.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George on June 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is riveting. Once I started reading it, it was impossible to stop. Mr. Trout really brings the reader into the story. Even though the events happened over 30 years ago, you feel as if you are there. David Stout is a real journalist. He brings the story to life, he is fair and balanced in his reporting. I highly recommend this book if you have any interest in crime, punishment and what's right/wrong with "justice" in America.
My heart goes out to the families of the victims.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most of us have views about the efficacy of societal imposition of the death penalty for ultimate crimes such as murder or high treason. David Stout's Night of the Devil will will take you on the forty-year journey of a convicted murderer of two police officers, from the crime through the laborings of the state and federal judicial sytems, as they lurch through the particulars of this case and through the general evolution of our society's unsetteled position over the imposition of the ultimate sanction.

Written by a veteran reporter and author of several mystery novels, this story is thoroughly researched, dispassionate, and riveting. The author is from the old school: present the facts so that the reader can gain insight and form their own opinions. Mr. Stout writes in a clear, highly-paced, engaging manner. Few readers are likely to put this book down for long.
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By Det. Lou on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Terrific story of a brutal crime that I am connected to in that I became a member of The Lodi Police Department 5 years later to the
day. However, not totally sccurate in some parts of the story.
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