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The Big Heist: The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder

Anthony M. Destefano

ISBN 9780806538938
Publish Date 5/28/2019
Format Trade Paperback
Categories True Crime, Citadel
List Price: $15.95
Upcoming May 28, 2019

“Terrific. . . . A fitting end to the murderous story of the 1978 Lufthansa heist.” —Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino

“A comprehensive account of the legendary 1978 heist . . . impressive.” —Kirkus Reviews

The crime that inspired the movie Goodfellas. The rest of the story that couldn’t be told—until now.

One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of mafia legend—and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of eighty-year-old mafioso Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist. This blistering you-are-there account takes you behind the headlines and inside the ranks of America’s infamous Mafia families—with never-before-told stories, late-breaking news, and bombshell revelations.

Praise for Anthony D. DeStefano’s Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Underworld

“An engrossing chronicle of the life of notorious Mafia boss . . . DeStefano’s canny insight into the don’s mind and motivations set this biography apart from others on Frank Costello.” —Publishers Weekly

“DeStefano tells Costello's story well.”—Kirkus Reviews

About Anthony M. Destefano:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony M. DeStefano has covered organized crime for over three decades, including the crime beat for New York Newsday for the past twenty years. His books on organized crime include Gangland New York, King of the Godfathers, Mob Killer, The Big Heist, and Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Mafia.

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