As a first time author, Jeff Coen's debut work is a powerful and riveting account of the most memorable and landmark mob trial in Chicago history, a city long known for its gangster reputation.
Building the case in rich and informative detail leading up to the trial in the summer of 2007, Mr. Coen expertly provides background of The Outfit and it's colorful players.
As an avid mob watcher, I had the opportunity to witness this trial many times which also included the days of testimony of Nick Calabrese and his father, Frank. Mr. Coen's extraordinary re-creation of this event brought this experience back to life; the deafening silence in court listening to witnesses recall events, tension filled exchanges during direct and cross examination, facial and body language of the defendants, interaction among the attorneys, days filled with raw emotion and exhaustion at the end of the court day, and the anticipation of what would happen next. True trial theatre. In spite of the seriousness of the subject matter, this book nor the trial didn't lack in humor. Mr. Coen covered all of it.
This book is the best I've read about the Chicago mob in decades! I couldn't put it down sitting for hours at a time. The book is a must have to add to an organized crime library.
This is a great read! Family Secrets provides a chilling look into the lives and thinking of these violent mob characters.
The book pieces together the crimes and events that took place over decades, and just culminated in the dramatic courtroom testimony that exposed the depth of brutality and treachery of this mob family.
The events and personalities read like imaginative crime fiction... but are backed up with incredible facts, evidence, and courtroom testimony.
Like they say, you just couldn't make this stuff up!
This is a fun, educational and well written book on the unique nature of the Chicago mob. It is written like an extended Metro section of a hard-hitting Windy City newspaper-- mainly because that's the background of writer Jeff Coen.
If all you know of the mob are "Sopranos," "Godfather" and "Goodfellas," check this book out. It illuminates a completely different type of organization. Unlike the East Coast warring families, the Chicago operation is a one-family company and their stories are unique, intriguing and fascinating.
IF YOU LIKE CHICAGO MOBS THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU !!! I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN !! WE TOOK THE GAGSTER TOUR IN CHICAGO AND THIS BOOK TELLS YOU MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHICAGO MOB !! GET THIS BOOK AND YOU WON'T REGRET IT !!
Couldn't put this book down. The narrative is more shocking and real than the most beloved gangster films. The reporting is so gritty and detailed that you feel changed inside after reading any of the various accounts of violence --- almost as if you personally witnessed the crime and will never be the same for it.