In his inimitable New York voice, Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin gives us a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia—characters like John Gotti, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (named for his weapon of choice), and Jimmy "the Clam" Eppolito—interwoven with the remarkable true-crime saga of the good rat himself, Burt Kaplan of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the star witness in the recent trial of two NYPD detectives indicted for carrying out eight gangland executions. Through these unforgettable real-life and long-forgotten Mafia stories, Jimmy Breslin captures the moments in which the mob was made and broken.
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“They were detectives on the New York Police Department who brought me information about wiretaps, phone taps, informants, ongoing investigations, and imminent arrests and murders. They did murders and kidnapping for us.”Mar 02 2008 | Read Full Review of The Good Rat
One night, Burke summons Breslin to an ominous midnight.Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Good Rat
The Good Rat, a book that combines personal anecdotes about the Mafia with the story of two really corrupt New York cops, reminds us that by the time he quit, Breslin had lost his gangsters.Nov 13 2008 | Read Full Review of The Good Rat
While Breslin focuses on the trial of the "Mafia Cops," a story also recounted in Guy Lawson and William Oldham’s The Brotherhoods (2006), Breslin, to critics’ delight, uses the case to delve deep inside the Mafia’s demise and the bloody, backstabbing stories within it.Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Good Rat
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