Making Jack Falcone by Joaquin "Jack" Garcia
An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

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"Petey Chops wasn't kicking up. And if he didn't start soon, he was going to get whacked." So begins Making Jack Falcone, the extraordinary true story of an undercover FBI agent's years-long investigation of the Gambinos, which resulted in a string of arrests that crippled the organized crime family.

But long before Joaquin "Jack" Garcia found himself wearing a wire with some of the Mafia's top capos, he was one of the FBI's unlikeliest recruits. A Cuban-born American, Jack graduated from Quantico standing six-foot-four and weighing 300 pounds -- not your typical G-man. Jack's stature soon proved an asset as the FBI looked to place agents undercover with drug smugglers, counterfeiters, and even killers. Jack became one of the few FBI agents dedicated solely to undercover work.

Using a series of carefully created aliases, Jack insinuated himself in the criminal world, from the Badlands of Philadelphia, where he was a gregarious money launderer, to the streets of Miami, where an undercover Garcia moved stolen and illicit goods and brought down dirty cops. Jack jumped at the opportunity to infiltrate the shadowy world of La Cosa Nostra, but how would the Cuban-American convince wiseguys that he was one of their own, a Sicilian capable of "earning his button" -- getting made in the Mafia? For the first time, the FBI created a special "mob school" for Jack, teaching him how to eat, talk, and think like a wiseguy. And it wasn't long before the freshly minted Jack Falcone found himself under the wing of one of the Gambinos' old school capos, Greg DePalma. DePalma, who cared for an ailing John Gotti in prison, introduced Falcone to his world of shakedowns, beatings, and envelopes of cash, never suspecting that one of his trusted crew members was a federal agent.

A page-turning account of the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime that will rank with such classic stories as Donnie Brasco, Serpico, and Wiseguy, Making Jack Falcone is an unforgettable trip into America's underworld through the eyes of a highly decorated FBI veteran.

About Joaquin "Jack" Garcia

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Joaquin "Jack" Garcia spent twenty-six years as a special agent for the FBI. Working undercover for twenty-four years, he used various aliases to gather evidence on and arrest criminals, from drug dealers and counterfeiters to corrupt city officials and mobsters. Bestselling author Michael Levin is an Amherst College graduate and Columbia Law School-trained attorney whose publishing career includes more than fifty works, including his own novels and nonfiction books, ghostwritten books, a commissioned screenplay, and the script for a DVD series. Among his ghostwritten titles are Dropping the Ball by Dave Winfield and No Ordinary Love: A True Story of Marriage and Basketball by Doug and Jackie Christie. He has also contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Writers Digest, CBS News, and many other outlets and publications. A member of the Massachusetts bar, he has served as a consultant on creativity to the NBC and WB Television Networks and to the largest law firm in Los Angeles. Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.
Published September 27, 2009 by Touchstone. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Occasionally in fiction the Mafia are portrayed as being rather bumbling and ineffectual – Garcia makes clear the money that they're extracting from the people of New York – and it's not peanuts.

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