King of the Godfathers

Big Joey Massino and the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family

by Anthony M. DeStefano

Published by: Kensington

384 Pages, 4.13 x 6.73 x 0.97 in

  • ISBN: 9780786018932
  • On Sale: 06/01/2007
  • TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime

$6.99 (USD)

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The Last Of The Old-World Mob Bosses--And The Ultimate Betrayal

For more than twenty years, Joseph "Big Joey" Massino ran what was called the largest criminal network in the U.S., employing over two hundred and fifty made men and untold numbers of associates. The Bonanno family was responsible for over thirty murders, even killing a dozen of its own members to enforce discipline and settle scores. He would be brought down by Salvatore "Good Looking Sal" Vitale, the underboss who was not only Massino's closest and most trusted friend, but also his brother-in-law. In the end, facing the death penalty and the prospect of leaving his family penniless, Massino started talking to the FBI--the first Mafia Godfather to break the sacred code of omerta, and the end of a centuries-old tradition. 

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano, who interviewed Massino's family and friends as well as law enforcement officials and confidential sources, King of the Godfathers is the story of the brutal mob war that made Massino head of the Bonanno family and the most powerful gangster in America. 

"The best and last word on the subject." --Jerry Capeci, Gangland News.com and bestselling co-author of Murder Machine