- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: Barricade Books; 2 edition (February 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569801452
- ISBN-13: 978-1569801451
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,385,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood & Volume: Inside New York’s Israeli Mafia Paperback – February 7, 2016
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About the Author
Dave Copeland, is an award winning writer and investigative reporter whose work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal online, Reason, and Boston Common. He was one of three American journalists to receive the Ruhr Grant from the University of Dortmund and the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in Germany. A graduate of Goucher college’s creative nonfiction M.F.A. program, he lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
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This true tale centers around Ron Gonen. Born Roman Gonen in he Ukraine and then moving to Israel at around 11, Ron found it easy to get into trouble. Starting out with stealing he soon would move up in the world of crime. As a troubled teen after his mom would send him to kibbutzim in order to straighten him out. It did not work instead he bounced around from Kibbutz to kibbutz. He had a fondness for Tobacco and hashish. Trying to enlist in the navy early only to get caught, Ron would eventually end up in the merchant marine .
Ron started off with jewelry heists and safe cracking. Later he would move to Europe where another Israeli expat named, Sammy Merckel, taught him the ropes. Getting caught at least twice he served time in European prisons. There he would meet Ran Ephraim and Johnny Attias. Ran would be a friend and partner in crime. Johnny he would never get close to but Johnny would prove potentially dangerous. In London Ron would be guilty of fraud. Ron would travel through South America committing crimes.
In the early 80's Ron, Ran and someone else eeked out a plan to deal cocaine. Then it was off to New York to set up his coke dealership. In New York he met his second wife Honey Tessman. She was married before and had a kind from another marriage. She was also a drug addict. She would help Ron with his business and also cost him lots of money.
In the end Johnny Attias would enter New York rather violently. Killing all who got in his way, he wanted to pressure Ron into working for him. That and cancer would start to take their toll. ron's adventure end with an arrest and testifying against his former comrades. Jonny Attias would die by assassination.
The Israeli mafia had a brief but violent run in New York before they were taken down. They are the most unorganized and least traditional of all the crime groups. Their coming opened a door for the Russian mafia to slip in.
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Copeland does a fine job of relating the facts in the case of this...Read more