Vinny Gorgeous by Anthony M. DeStefano
The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster

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This is a dark, informed, and effective bio, and DeStefano is a master at cutting through the secrecy of the Mafia hierarchy.
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A vain man of good looks but no family ties to the Mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to prison in 2003. When the Mafia was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano steadfastly obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. “I got faith in one guy,” he said during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which ultimately led to his arrest and downfall.

Then in a remarkable betrayal that rocked the Five Families to their foundations, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI—the first head boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution’s use of deadly criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. Here from veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano comes the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob’s cult of brotherhood and his betrayal at the hands of the only man he ever trusted.
 

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Anthony DeStefano is a best selling author. He graduated summa cum laude from St. John's University in Staten Island with a degree in Philosophy/Theology. DeStefano's books include A Travel Guide To Heaven (Doubleday, 2003), and Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, (Doubleday, 2007). Recent releases are This Little Prayer of Mine and Little Star, both from WaterBrook Press and I Just Can't Take it Anymore! from Zondervan.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Lyons Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 20 2013

This is a dark, informed, and effective bio, and DeStefano is a master at cutting through the secrecy of the Mafia hierarchy.

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Above average
on Jun 08 2013

Enthusiasts likely already know the details of Basciano’s trials, and casual readers will be better served by other, clearer accounts.

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