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.
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.