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The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob 1st Edition

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In the world of organized crime the bosses grab the headlines, as the names Capone, Gotti, Bonnano, Cotroni and Rizzuto attest. But a crime family has many working parts and the young mobster known as The Weasel was the epitome of a crucial, invisible cog—the soldier, the muscle, the driver, the gopher.

By a quirk of fate, Marvin Elkind—later The Weasel—was placed in the foster home of a tough gangster family, immersing him from the age of nine in a daring world of con men, cheats, bootleggers, loan sharks, bank robbers, leg breakers and Mafia bosses. During a Golden Age of underworld life in New York, Detroit and across Canada, The Weasel found himself working with a surprising cast of colourful characters. He befriended powerful gangsters by smuggling bottles of Scotch to their tables as a waiter at New York's famed Copacabana; he was pushed to be Jimmy Hoffa's chauffeur.

But his disenchantment with the broken promises of mob life brought him into another fraternity, one offering the same adrenaline rush, danger and dark comedy he craved. After a startling confrontation, he was embraced by law enforcement, and a cop with a reputation for results. Now a career informant, The Weasel learned he was a far better fink than he ever was a crook.

With his impeccable gangland pedigree, enormous girth, cold stare and sausage-like fingers adorned with chunky rings, no one questioned The Weasel's loyalty. The backroom doors were flung open and The Weasel slipped in, bringing undercover cops with him. For case after case over two decades, he worked for the FBI, U.S. Customs, Scotland Yard, RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and other law enforcement agencies on three continents, trapping and betraying mobsters, mercenaries, spies, drug traffickers, pornographers, union fat cats and corrupt politicians.

With unflinching honesty, The Weasel and many of the undercover officers he worked with revealed their successes and failures to award-winning crime reporter and best-selling author Adrian Humphreys.

The Weasel is the riveting chronicle of a unique and engaging figure who lived a most dangerous and rare experience.

It is a story that was never supposed to be told.

From the Back Cover

"I started small in the mob and stayed small," says Marvin Elkind, a man known as The Weasel."My problem was that I typecast myself. I never wanted to be a boss but I wanted to do something more. I wanted it very badly. When they said no, I accepted it too easily. They looked at me as the same muscle I was when I was a kid. It showed the lack of respect the mob had for me."

But The Weasel would show them just how talented he was.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470964510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470964514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adrian Humphreys is an award-winning journalist and the author of three critically acclaimed non-fiction books about organized crime. His exposés of underworld life have been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world and made into movies.

His latest book is "The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob" published in December, 2011. It reveals the incredible story of Marvin Elkind -- a.k.a. The Weasel -- who was a driver and strong-arm goon for Jimmy Hoffa and a parade of Mafia bosses. Marvin became disenchanted with mob life and embarked on an astounding new career as a police informant. For almost 30 years he worked for the FBI, U.S. Customs, Scotland Yard, Canadian police, Mexico's Federales and other agencies on three continents, infiltrating and betraying mobsters, mercenaries, spies, terrorists, drug traffickers, union fat cats and corrupt politicians.

Adrian's first book was "The Enforcer," published in 1999 with an updated trade paperback edition released in 2002. This national bestseller is the decidedly unauthorized biography of Johnny Pops Papalia, one of North America's longest-reigning Mafia bosses.

Next came "The Sixth Family" co-authored with Lee Lamothe. It is an epic mob saga published in three languages -- English, Italian and French. This bestseller tells the multi-generational story of the collapse of the New York Mafia and the rise of Vito Rizzuto. Research took Adrian from Sicily to New York, Montreal to Venezuela. Released in 2006, an updated and expanded trade paperback edition was published in 2008.

Born in London, England, Adrian is a senior staff writer at National Post, based in Toronto, Canada.

His website is
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