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For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life Paperback – September 9, 2003
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The author Albert DeMeo pulls no punches as he chronicles not only his father's life, the Mobster Roy DeMeo and his steady rise to power in the Mafia in New York but also his own involvement from the tender age of five in a world that was seductively charming as it was dangerous. "For the Sins of my Father" is a brutal, candid, violent, tender portrayal of a life in a huge glass bubble in which escape is not an option for anyone.
However Albert DeMeo is not an apologist for his father's actions, rather he pulls the reader in a world in which corruption is at the heart of everything. Just as you can't feel sorry Roy DeMeo for the choices he made in his life you also cannot feel anything for the Police, the FBI, the Government, the Court system because they were often as corrupt as the people they claimed they were trying to bring to justice.
Albert's father knew many people and many considered themselves law abiding whilst at the same time asking and getting favours from the Mafia Capo who was their "neighbour" and "friend".
In one chapter the young Albert helps his father's "crew" to work out how wipe clean some audio tapes that could send one of their members to jail; magnets the child tells them men can wipe clean magnetic tapes of all their contents. It is a corrupt police officer who puts a magnet next to the audio tapes so that they will be blank when they are played in court.
It is also to Mafia owned drinking dens that many court officials, police officers and other city officials attend to drink, buy drugs and enjoy the company of Prostitutes.Read more ›
However, it would be wise to toss away those preconceptions of Italian-American novels when picking up Albert DeMeo's "For the Sins of My Father." This story does not spend hundreds of pages and hours of your time detailing a glamorous life in the mob gone wrong. Instead, the novel is an original, sad, and honest look at Albert's father, Roy, who was a member of the mob who was later killed by his fellow gangsters in 1982. What sets this book apart from traditional Italian Mafioso stories is the fact that it comes from the perspective of a mobster's son who, from a young age, is exposed to this lifestyle without ever truly discovering what it means for his father and the rest of the family until it is too late. By adding the element of a mobster's family, DeMeo gives readers a new way to read into the life of America's most recognizable, and most stereotypical, groups.
Throughout the novel, DeMeo reveals his courage and describes the heartache of being in a family with close ties to the mob, paying special attention to the psychological ramifications. DeMeo's struggles not only to live under his father's Mafioso umbrella but also to live through the pain of the memories after his father's murder make for an emotional, genuine inside look at the real effect the mob has on those families that are tied to it.
Never mind the glamour that the life of a gangster occasionally granted Albert's father, Roy. Never mind the power that Roy held in the form of being a "made man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I stayed up all night to finish this book. What more can I say. You won't be disappointed. Well written,exciting and sad.Published 7 days ago by Basil
Interesting read, gives you insight as too how organized crime does have family values, but the individuals can be ruthless when dealing with their own kind.Published 1 month ago by gary brown
Great story! It's amazing how they treat there families and expect them to keep a blind eye. FOOLS!Published 1 month ago by kathleen thompson