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Superthief: A Master Burglar, the Mafia, and the Biggest Bank Heist in U.S. History Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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Cherie Rohn, Co-author of
THIEF! The Gutsy, True Story of an Ex-Con Artist
Whether or not imagined, the lines of this book seem rather widely spaced, perhaps a coded invitation to delve between them, which is where the true substance of this book is to be found. As with so many books that involve living criminal contributors, there is usually an element of self-serving deception in what they tell (especially when awaiting release), and this appears to be no exception.
What emerges from this simply written book, itself a skilfully deceptive device that lulls readers while they are led into ever darker, unexpected places, is that the record heist is not its biggest revelation. It is a searing insight into the casual moral vacuum in which criminals such as 'Superthief' Phil Christopher (Cristofaro before Anglicised) exist, a descent into a world where all values are debased until completely inverted. And the reader can only harbor deep suspicions that Christopher's provenance is more sinister than he would have us believe. From early petty thievery to later serious burglary, union corruption and violence, one senses that the 'prints of the mob are dabbed over these pages more than is being admitted into evidence.
And clearly Supertheft does not rely upon Superminds - in one Laurel & Hardy episode, these pros burgle a tough safe one night and Christopher reaches for the crucial device to open it, only to be told by his buddy that he hadn't got it because the pal he went to borrow it from wasn't home! Another fine mess...Read more ›
Porrello's most recent book, the self-published Superthief (Next Hat Press, 2006) is largely a memoir written by Phil Christopher. Christopher, the super thief of the book's title, has had plenty of time to concentrate on his life story. A burglar and an admitted paid killer, Christopher has spent approximately half of his life in prison.
The primary job which Porrello took on in Superthief was to pare down Christopher's unruly and too-long handwritten memoir into a manuscript suitable for publication, and Porrello has largely succeeded in that mission. Porrello weaves Christopher's memoir together with material that includes contributions from Christopher's wife, various law enforcement officers and Porrello himself.
A job which Porrello apparently did not take on, and which readers might wish he had, was to push and challenge Christopher for more details in some areas and for an honest emotional reaction from Christopher when reflecting back on his life of crime.
Christopher describes the killing of Arnie Prunella in two paragraphs consisting of 168 words. Did Christopher lose any sleep over shooting Prunella in the back of the head? How does Christopher, who regrets that his incarceration prevented him from being present at many big events in his son's life, reconcile the fact that he took away Prunella's daughter's chance to develop a relationship with her father? Prunella's daughter was three years old when her father was killed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of it was embellished if not a lot. For the real deal, read Inside The Vault.
And this guy couldn't tie Skinny Sam Fosessca's shoe, let alone write a truthful book. Read more
I'm originally from Cleveland and was interested in Phil Christopher's. The book contains a lot of interesting facts but unfortunately,, it is poorly written. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Michael A. Toner
I met the author of this book a short time ago and after that meeting decided to purchase his books. Superthief holds the attention from the moment you begin to read. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Linda Crawford
Superthief reads more like a self written biography than it does a crime/suspense story. Porello explains that Phil's 1200 page manuscript was the basis for this story and In my... Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Ryan Herron
Originally drawn to the Las Vegas-style book cover, I discovered that the story itself lived up to the bling of the high rolling art work of the cover design. Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by Ellen Poulsen
This is the highly engaging and very readable life story of master burglar/drug trafficker Phillip Christopher. Read morePublished on January 30, 2007 by Thomas Hunt
Christopher is an older guy from my neighborhood.....I grew up in Collinwood near the end of its salad days........we used to go on vacation without locking our doors. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Michael A. Hamila
I could not put this book down. I loved reading what goes thru a thiefs mind, and then reading some background and filling in some of the questions that would come to my mind that... Read morePublished on August 1, 2006 by Janiece A. Chisholm
Very well written, definitely keeps you reading til the end following the unbelievable plots, schemes,twists & turns. I cannot wait to see the movie.Published on July 21, 2006 by PamSum