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Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Mafia

Anthony M. Destefano

ISBN 9780806538709
Publish Date 4/30/2019
Format Trade Paperback
Categories True Crime, Citadel
List Price: $15.95

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“Engrossing . . . Fascinating.” —Publishers Weekly

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

The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss—featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . .

To authorities, Frank Costello was “The Prime Minister of the Underworld” and “one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S.” To friends and associates, he was simply “Uncle Frank.” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano sets out to answer who Frank Costello really was in this definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in the annals of American crime . . .

Using newly released FBI files, eyewitness accounts, and family mementos, Top Hoodlum takes you inside the Mafia that Frank Costello helped build from the ground up. These are the riveting stories and stunning revelations that have inspired American crime classics like The Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos. This is the man who made the Mafia such a powerful force in our nation’s history. The man who refused to admit his crimes long after he retired. This is Top Hoodlum.

“DeStefano vividly recalls the crime boss whose wounding by an assassin in 1957 got a bugger headline in The Daily News than the death of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” – The New York Times on Top Hoodlum by Anthony DeStefano

Praise for ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO and His Books on the Mafia:

“Thrilling American crime writing.” —Jimmy Breslin on King of the Godfatherss

“Terrific. . . . A fitting end to the murderous story of the 1978 Lufthansa heist.” —Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy on The Big Heist

“The best and last word on the subject . . . DeStefano brings the story to life.” —Jerry Capeci, creator of

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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