Book Review ~ THE LAST JEWISH GANGSTER

The Last Jewish Gangster: The Middle Years

by David Larson


SYNOPSIS – The second installment of this saga of gangland lore follows gregarious gangster, Michael Hardy, further down his twisted criminal path. The Last Jewish Gangster, The Middle Years, starts in 1968 with Hardy sentenced to twelve years in the world’s most dangerous prison in Mexico after taking the rap for his mother’s counterfeiting scheme, hoping to have finally earned her love and respect.

Once he’s released from prison, Hardy returns to Brooklyn and tries to go straight, but drifts back into a world of crime. He gets Sammy “the Bull” Gravano to join his crew to pull major heists like kidnapping drug lords for million-dollar ransoms, and robbing cop bag men. To evade the law, he goes to Europe and ends up in Israel where he works on a Kibbutz, touching the hem of his Jewish heritage.

Hardy devolves further into a gangster’s life when he returns to Brooklyn, running a finger of the Mob’s Five-Fingers International Car Theft Ring, participating in a stolen airline ticket scam, and doing fourteen hits for the Mob, still hoping his mother will take notice. When she gets busted for the car theft ring, she turns him in to reduce her time.

Crushed by his mother’s callous self-interest, Hardy ends up cutting a deal with Rudy Giuliani to nab a dirty cop to reduce his time and negotiate his place in the witness protection program. Relocating to LA under an alias, it doesn’t take long for Hardy to land a gig as muscle for a Hollywood studio and meet his future wife, a sex worker who stole from his mother. The lines between love and revenge begin to blur.




MY THOUGHTS – I really like this type of gangster book, and this one didn’t disappoint. The second in a series of three, it’s one wild story, driven by his relationship or lack of one, with his mother. Michael Hardy goes above and beyond. He builds his cred as a mega-gangster trying to gain the unattainable. This kept me up late reading.


THE LAST JEWISH GANGSTER


PUBLISHER – WildBlue Press – 369 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – Aug 16th, 2022

MY RATING – 5/5 STARS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Over the course of two-and-a-half years, I met weekly with Michael Hardy in his Section-8 studio apartment in San Diego, up until his death. We were introduced by his therapist, Dr. El. For the first several months Michael told me what he did, the stories often unbelievable. When he gained enough trust in me, he told me why he acted with such fearlessness and committed heinous crimes. It was all done to impress his mother, Shirley, so that maybe she would love him. Shirley rejected Michael after his birth to be raised by her parents, so she could run with Bugsy Siegel and other powerful men in the Mob, rather than raise her son to be a good man.

Confined to a wheelchair most of the time we met, because he lost half of both feet to diabetes, this 325-pound aging gangster regaled his stories with such gusto, he often slipped into the present tense with his recall. I tried to capture that in his story as he trudged through decades of crime, from coast to coast, north to south, to Mexico, even Europe, and the Middle East.

The meetings with Hardy were sometimes useless, Michael wrapped around the axle of some injustice that befell him—car impounded because it had expired registration, arguments with neighbors over the use of community washing machines, Catholic Charities not coming through, Jewish Family Services late with their support, doctors not worth a damn, dentists not much better, and run-ins with local businesses who barred him after numerous infractions. His long-suffering wife was always at his side, caring for him, and loving him for the man he became. Raised Jewish, Michael discovered Christ in 1974 while in federal prison in Connecticut, then believed in Christ in 1991 when he appeared to Michael in his cell. But don’t for one minute think he was a Christian. He was a Jew who believed in Christ.`

The unpublished version of his story has been optioned three times in Hollywood over the past five years, to develop into a TV series or movie. Since I also write screenplays, I’ve developed scripts for both. They’ve been circulating slowly, the pandemic causing delays.


Book ARC Review ~ Retail Gangster

Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real Life Story of Crazy Eddie

by Gary Weiss


Synopsis – A biography of the spectacular rise and fall of Eddie Antar, better known as “Crazy Eddie,” whose home electronics empire changed the world even as it turned out to be one of the biggest business scams of all time

Back in the fall of 2016 we heard the news about the passing of Eddie Antar, “Crazy Eddie” as he was known to millions of people, the man behind the successful chain of electronic stores and one of the most iconic ad campaigns in history. Few things evoke the New York of a particular era the way “Crazy Eddie! His prices are insaaaaane!” does. The journalist Herb Greenberg called his death the “end of an era” and that couldn’t be more true. What’s insane is that his story has never been told.

Before Enron, before Madoff, before The Wolf of Wall Street, Eddie Antar’s corruption was second to none. The difference was that it was a street franchise, a local place that was in the blood stream of everyone’s daily life in the 1970s and early ’80s. And Eddie pulled it off with a certain style, an in your face blue collar chutzpah. Despite the fact that then U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff called him “the Darth Vader of capitalism” after the extent of the fraud was revealed, one of the largest SEC frauds in American history after Crazy Eddie’s stores went public in 1984, Eddie was talked about fondly by the people who worked for him. They still do–there are myriads of ex-Crazy Eddie employee web pages that still attract fans, and the Crazy Eddie fraud scheme is now taught in every business school across the United States.  

Many years have passed since the franchise went down in spectacular fashion but Crazy Eddie’s moment has endured the way that iconic brands and characters do–one only need Google the media outpouring that accompanied his death. Maybe it’s because it crystallized everything about 1970s New York almost perfectly, the merchandise and rise of consumer electronics (stereos!), the ads (cheesy!), the money (cash!). In Retail Gangster, investigative journalist Gary Weiss takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most unbelievable business scam stories of all time, a story spanning continents and generations, reaffirming the old adage that the truth is often stranger than fiction.


My thoughts – I was somewhat aware of the Crazy Eddie type advertising back in the day. But I didn’t know about the story of the electronic business and what it really was, namely a scam run by the owners. It reached some amazing highs, but eventually imploded. Wonderfully researched and an interesting read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


RETAIL GANGSTER

Publisher – Hachette Books – 336 pages

Publication date – Aug 23rd, 2022

My rating – 4/5 STARS


About the author – Gary Weiss has been an investigative journalist and author covering corruption of Wall Street for over 40 years. His pieces have been essential reading ever since Warren Buffett cited his Business Week bond trading scandal article before Congress in 1991. Born and raised in the Bronx, Gary remains an essential NYC fixture. 


Book Review ~ Carmine and the 13th Ave. Boys

Carmine and the 13th Ave Boys: Surviving Brooklyn’s Colombo Gang

by Craig McGuire


SYNOPSIS – This is the true story of Carmine Imbriale – a gambler, a brawler, a bandit, a bookie, an enforcer. For two decades, Imbriale was a street-level operative in one of the most violent crews in the Colombo Family, and he endeared himself to some of the major figures of organized crime while developing deadly disputes with others.


Now in hiding, Imbriale teams up with true-crime veteran writer Craig McGuire to take you inside the 13th Avenue rackets at the height of their violence. This is the jarring account of his lawless lifestyle culminating in a gang war in South Brooklyn, from which he emerges a survivor.


From his first arrest at 15 for robbing a Coney Island pimp to surviving multiple assassination attempts, Imbriale offers up dozens of too-good-to-be-true tales featuring some of the most notorious gangsters, including Joe Colombo, Christie Tick, Jimmy Ida, Joe Waverly, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Johnny Rizzo, as well as other lions and lackeys of La Cosa Nostra, and details a beef with none other than Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa Sr.

A young streetwise hustler, Imbriale thought he found loyalty, a brotherhood. Instead, he descended into a world of treachery and deceit, where your best friend is your executioner, and no one gets out alive. But no one expected him to become the domino that helped bring it all down.

 


MY THOUGHTS – This is a good book about Carmine Imbriale’s incredible, crazy, mob career in South Brooklyn. It’s filled with people, places and events that many will find notorious. It’s amazing the number of mob guys that he knew and interacted with. He survived an era that most didn’t. They were either killed, or went off to a long prison term. Told in a stubborn, tough guy fashion. But it also shows his generous side to those who were struggling. A super mob book if you can keep all of the players straight.


Carmine and the 13th Ave Boys


PUBLISHER – WildBlue Press – 376pages

PUBLICATION DATE – April 24th, 2022

MY RATING – 4/5 STARS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Published author (most recently, “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted – The Top 100 Criminals, Crooks & Creeps from the County of the Kings“), Craig has been a successful writer, editor, designer, photographer, community reporter, new media journalist and consultant for the last 25 years.

Craig has overseen content development for all different types of media, from web portals to newsletters to social media programs. Partial list of titles include: Institutional Investor magazine, InternetNews.com, Irish America, The Real Deal, Digital Media Buzz, Wall Street & Technology, PR Week, @Night Media, and more..


Book Review ~ RIDING WITH EVIL

Riding With Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang

by Ken Croke & Dave Wedge


Synopsis – Sons of Anarchy meets The Departed in this fast-paced, high-wire act memoir from former ATF agent Ken Croke, the first federal agent in history to go undercover and successfully infiltrate the infamous—and infamously violent—Pagan Motorcycle Club, a white supremacist biker gang.  

Longtime ATF agent Ken Croke had earned the right to coast to the end of a storied career, having routinely gone undercover to apprehend white supremacists, gun runners, and gang members. But after a chance encounter with an associate of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang created an opening, he transformed himself into “Slam,” a monstrous, axe-handle wielding enforcer whose duty was to protect the leadership “mother club” at all costs. He befriended the club’s most violent and criminally insane members and lived among them for two years, covertly building a case that would eventually take down the top members of the gang in a massive federal prosecution, even as he risked his marriage, his sanity, and his life. With today’s law enforcement largely moving toward the comparative safety of cyber operations, it became one of the last of its kind, a masterclass in old school tactics that marked Croke as a dying breed of undercover agent and became legendary in law enforcement.

Now for the first time, Croke tells the story of his terrifying undercover life in the Pagans—the unspeakable violence, extremism, drugs, and disgusting rituals. Written with bestselling crime writer Dave Wedge and utilizing the exclusive cooperation of those who lived the case with him, as well as thousands of pages of court files and hours of surveillance tapes and photos, Croke delivers a frightening, nail-biting account of the secretive and brutal biker underworld.


My thoughts – I just love this type of undercover agent book, and this is one of my favorites out of the ones I’ve read. Ken Croak has a way with telling the story of his wild time undercover with the Pagans during a time they were all at risk of being attacked by Hell’s Angels. He had quite a few close calls and incredible luck. The first to even infiltrate the Pagans ever. He shares the toll it took on his family while he was risking his life to gather intel and make cases. A very wild ride but a great read of his experiences. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


RIDING WITH EVIL


Publisher – William Morrow – 316 pages

Publication date – March 15th, 2022

My rating – 5/5 STARS


About the author –

Ken Croke began his career in 1990 in Los Angeles, where he infiltrated street gangs and busted drug and gun rings. He also served in Washington D.C. before moving to the Boston Field Division in 2000. In 2015, he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Denver field division, where he oversaw all ATF operations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. In 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations for the bureau’s eastern region, putting him in charge of 10 ATF field offices on the East Coast. He finished his career as the ATF’s Assistant Director. Over the course of his career, he has taken part in 1,000-plus undercover operations, including gang, drug and firearms trafficking cases. Today he is a security consultant for global corporations.

Dave Wedge is a Boston-based investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author, and co-author of Hunting Whitey12, and Boston Strong, among other titles.

Dave Wedge is a New York Times bestselling author, podcaster and writer based in Boston. Dave was an award-winning investigative journalist for the Boston Herald for 14 years and has co-written five books with acclaimed author Casey Sherman. He has also written for VICE, Esquire, Newsweek and Boston magazine and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, E!, France 24, Fox News Channel, and Good Morning America. He is co-host of the acclaimed true crime podcast “Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers” on the MuddhouseMedia network.


Book Review ~ Inside the Montreal Mafia

Inside the Montreal Mafia: The Confessions of Andrew Scoppa

by Felix Seguin & Eric Thibault


Synopsis- A groundbreaking, exclusive inside look at the North American Mafia and the Rizzuto family

For the first time in Canadian history, a high-ranking Mafioso agreed to break the code of omertà by talking to journalists. From October 2014 to October 2019, Félix Séguin and Eric Thibault held multiple secret meetings with Andrew Scoppa, getting an exclusive inside look at the inner workings of the North American Mafia. This book is the culmination of their perilous investigation. It sheds light on the life — and death — of one of the most influential organized crime figures in recent years.

At exactly 2 p.m., there was a knock at the door. It was him: the source every journalist dreamed of having. The short man was armed and placed his gun on the table I’d moved between the bed and a chair.

Are you impressed?” he asked with a broad grin.

Yes. Very much.”

Before me was Andrew Scoppa: close confidant of the late godfather Vito Rizzuto, international heroin trafficker and cold-blooded killer.


My thoughts- This was my first book about the Montreal Mafia and I found it to be a fascinating one. It’s mostly covering the unprecedented agreement of mobster Andrew Scoppa to break omerta and go on the record with a pair of journalists. There is a good overall coverage of the various players and history of the mafia in Montreal. It also goes into the connections with the Hell’s Angels as well. Very good research on this and an excellent true crime read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Inside the Montreal Mafia


Publisher – ECW Press – 280 pages

Publication date- June 7th, 2022

My rating- 5/5 STARS


About the author- Born in Gaspésie, Eric Thibault has covered police and organized crime in Quebec since 1993. He has written for the Journal de Montréal since 2011.

Félix Séguin has covered multiple major national and international news stories since the early 2000s. He specializes in police investigations and organized crime. Inside the Montreal Mafia is the third collaboration between Eric Thibault and Félix Séguin, following Gallant: Confessions d’un tueur à gages and Le livre noir des Hells Angels. Séguin and Thibault are both members of the Québecor Investigative Bureau.


Book Review ~ The Gotti Wars

The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America’s Most Notorious Mobster

by John Gleeson


Synopsis: A riveting, decades-in-the-writing memoir from the determined young prosecutor who, in two of America’s most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti—and subsequently took down the Mafia altogether.

John Gotti was without a doubt the flashiest and most feared Mafioso in American history. He became the boss of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fashion—with the brazen and very public murder of Paul Castellano in front of Sparks Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan in 1985. Not one to stay below law enforcement’s radar, Gotti instead became the first celebrity crime boss. His penchant for eye-catching apparel earned him the nickname “The Dapper Don;” his ability to beat criminal charges led to another: “The Teflon Don.”

This is the captivating story of Gotti’s meteoric rise to power and his equally dramatic downfall. Every step of the way, Gotti’s legal adversary—John Gleeson, an Assistant US Attorney in Brooklyn—was watching. When Gotti finally faced two federal racketeering prosecutions, Gleeson prosecuted both. As the junior lawyer in the first case—a bitter seven-month battle that ended in Gotti’s acquittal—Gleeson found himself in Gotti’s crosshairs, falsely accused of serious crimes by a defense witness Gotti intimidated into committing perjury.

Five years later, Gleeson was in charge of the second racketeering investigation and trial. Armed with the FBI’s secret recordings of Gotti’s conversations with his underboss and consigliere in the apartment above Gotti’s Little Italy hangout, Gleeson indicted all three. He “flipped” underboss Sammy the Bull Gravano, killer of nineteen men, who became history’s highest-ranking mob turncoat—resulting in Gotti’s murder conviction. Gleeson ended not just Gotti’s reign, but eventually that of the entire mob.

An epic, page-turning courtroom drama, The Gotti Wars is a brilliantly told crime story that illuminates a time in our nation’s history when lawyers and mobsters dominated the news, but it’s also the story of a tenacious young man, in the glare of the media spotlight, who mastered the art of becoming a great attorney.


My thoughts: An excellent look behind the scenes by the prosecutor of John Gotti, the Teflon Don from the late 1980s and 1990s. One of Gleeson’s early trials as an Assistant US attorney was as second chair in the trial of John Gotti. When Gotti was acquitted, it left a mark, but Gleeson went on to prove himself in other trails as he gained experience. Then the chance to go after Gotti again presented itself, and the prosecutor set out to make things right this time, and get a conviction. Lots of La Cosa Notra lore, and trial details from the man who was there battling the mob families. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


The Gotti Wars


Publisher: Scribner -336 pages

Publication date: May 3rd, 2022

My rating: 5/5 STARS


About the author: John Gleeson, currently a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, has had distinguished careers as a federal prosecutor, federal judge, and practicing defense attorney. He was lead counsel in the successful racketeering-murder trials of John Gotti and Vic Orena, respectively the bosses of the Gambino and Colombo crime families, for which he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. As a United States District Judge in Brooklyn, he presided over more than 200 civil and criminal jury trials. Gleeson currently teaches at New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School, and Yale Law School. He lives in New York City with his family.


Book Review ~ Dead in the Water


Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy

by Matthew Campbell & Kit Chellel


Synopsis:
From award-winning journalists Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, the gripping, true-crime story of a notorious maritime hijacking at the heart of a massive conspiracy–and the unsolved murder that threatened to unravel it all.

In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the treacherous Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David Mockett, a maritime surveyor working for Lloyd’s of London, inspected the damaged vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal the ship and bargain for its return, then why did they destroy it? The questions didn’t add up–and Mockett would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered.

Dead in the Water is a shocking expose of the criminal inner workings of international shipping, told through the lens of the Brillante hijacking and its aftermath. Through first-hand accounts of those who lived it–from members of the ship’s crew and witnesses to the attacks, to the ex-London detectives turned private investigators seeking to solve Mockett’s murder and bring justice to his family–award-winning Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel piece together the astounding truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history.

The ambitious culmination of more than four years of reporting, Dead in the Water uncovers an intricate web of conspiracy amidst the lawless, old-world industry at the backbone of our new global economy.


My thoughts: This was very informative on the history of shipping and how it moves goods around the world. The story darkens when it gets into pirates overtaking the Brillante Virtuoso oil tanker and making big problems before taking off. The plot just keeps thickening from there, as investigations and more investigations are kicked off. There are deadly consequences for one man, hired by Lloyd’s of London regarding the incident. There are deeper things afoot in this maritime true crime case with larger implications. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.



Publisher: Portfolio – 288 pages

Publication date: May 3rd, 2022

My rating: 5/5 STARS


About the author:

 Matthew Campbell is an award-winning reporter and editor for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, covering major political and busi­ness stories across the Asia-Pacific region. He has reported from more than twenty countries on subjects including crime, terrorism, climate change, and public health.

Kit Chellel is a reporter at Bloomberg and a writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He has won numerous international prizes for his work, covering everything from Chinese state hackers and feuding hedge funds to shady Nigerian oil deals and Irish sectarian gangsters. 


Book Review ~ Sonny

Sonny: The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John Sonny Franzese

by S.J. Peddie


Synopsis: The extraordinary life and times of a legendary crime boss who refused to squeal—but who finally agreed to talk to an award-winning New York Newsday reporter shortly before his death at age 103 . . .

John “Sonny” Franzese reportedly committed his first murder at the age of fourteen. As a “made man” for the Colombo crime family, he operated out of his Long Island home specializing in racketeering, fraud, loansharking, and other illicit deeds he would deny to his dying day. His career in organized crime spanned over eight decades—and he was sentenced to fifty years in prison for robbery charges. But even behind bars, Sonny Franzese never stopped doing business . . .

This is the true story of an old-school mafioso as it’s never been told before. Newsday reporter S. J. Peddie interviewed Franzese in prison—and uncovered a lifetime of shocking secrets from the legend himself:

* Why FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a very personal interest in Sonny.
* How Sonny managed to juggle numerous affairs with women, including a famous model.
* How Sonny spent a third of his life in prison—and still managed to earn untold millions for the mob.
* How Sonny accidentally revealed some of his worst crimes—to a “friend” wearing a wire.

Through it all, Franzese refused to break the Mafia’s code of silence. Authorities believe he may have murdered, or ordered the murders of, forty to fifty people. Yet he earned a grudging respect from law enforcement and an absolute reverence from his fellow gangsters. Eventually he managed to outlive them all—until his death in 2020 of natural causes, a rare event in the Mafia. Thanks to a series of exclusive firsthand interviews, the astonishing life story of John “Sonny” Franzese can be told in all its bold, brutal, and blood-spattered glory. This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with Mafia history—and a rare look inside a criminal mind that has become the stuff of legend.


My thoughts: This was a fascinating story of the longest living mob guy in history, John “Sonny” Franzese, who lived to age 103. Surviving 8 decades in the mafia is in itself an achievement, with all the murders that go on. He married his first wife, Anna when she was just 15 and he was 24. Sonny had a son with his second wife Tina, a Junior named after him that just happened to be born on my exact birthdate, strangely enough. He managed to keep his vow of omerta and never ratted in all his years, while others around him were squealing left and right. A good book for those who like to read about mafia figures. You’ll recognize many of the people in this book that he worked and socialized with. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Sonny


Publisher: Citadel – 288 pages

Publication date: March 30th, 2022

My rating: 5/5 STARS


About the author: S.J. Peddie is an investigative reporter at Newsday Media Group and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series of stories on police misconduct. Inducted into the Long Island Press Club Hall of Fame, she’s the recipient of the National Headliners, Casey, Scripps Howard, Silurians and New York State Newspaper Publishers Association Awards. In 2018, she won a New York Emmy for co-producing the documentary Cost of Corruption. Peddie served on the board of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and has been a featured speaker at national conferences sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Poynter Institute, as well as the International Center for Journalists, the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, Columbia University and New York State Archives. She has taught journalism at Hofstra and Stony Brook universities.


Book Review ~ Deadly Associates


DEADLY ASSOCIATES: A True Story Of Murder, Survival, and Bringing Down the Chicago Mob

by Emma Seifert, Joe Seifert, and Nick Seifert with Matthias McCarn


Synopsis: Step into Chicago during the 1960s and ‘70s, where mobsters influence everyone from strip-club owners to Teamsters, aldermen, judges, and local police. It is a world where good men are corrupted by the irresistible lure of money and power, and families are shattered by lies, violence, and tragedy.

Danny Seifert, a street-smart and ambitious young man, follows his father’s example in his efforts to provide a good, comfortable life for his wife and children. Soon, however, his path leads him toward the dark heart of the Mob. His career choices eventually bring him to a point where he must choose between loyalty to the Mob and probable prison time, or coming clean to the FBI, testifying against Mob leaders and risking retaliation to himself and his family. He chooses the latter, which ultimately leads to his murder and decades of living in fear for his widow, Emma, and their children.

As they grow into men, Danny’s sons, Joe and Nick, take it upon themselves to find the man responsible for their father’s death and make him pay. In seeking retribution for Danny, will they also succumb to lives of crime, or will they follow the high road of law and justice all the way to the Family Secrets trial in 2007, one of the largest Mob trials in history?

Find out in Deadly Associates, a meticulously researched and poignantly personal story of one family’s life inside and outside the Chicago Mob.


My thoughts: This is a very good true crime book about the Siefert family of Chicago. Danny Siefert got involved with the mob to fund his business for part ownership, thinking that he could manage them. When he found that he couldn’t stop them from taking it over, he’s forced to choose testifying for the FBI against them. Just before trial, he is shot to death at his business. The story details what his wife and children went through in the aftermath of his murder.


Deadly Associates


Publisher: WildBlue Press – 262 pages

Publication Date: Nov 26th, 2021

My rating: 5/5 STARS


About the author: Matthias McCarn is a professional writing consultant and published author. He currently lives in Chicago, IL, holds a BA and MA in English from DePaul University, and is certified by The University of Chicago as an editor. When he’s not riding his Harley Davidson, he’s loading up on espresso and writing about true crime.