Il Dottore presents a new perspective on organized crime in the late 20th century. Elliot Litner was first introduced to gangster activity when, as a child, he befriended children of Mafia members in his Jewish and Italian Bronx, NY, neighborhood. Those connections, along with much determination and luck, helped Litner become one of the leading (and youngest) cardiac surgeons in New York in the 1970s and 1980s. Through a combination of Mafia pressure, curiosity, and his willingness to help those in need, Litner assisted the top guys (John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, and Joseph Bonanno) with a range of medical conditions. As the doctor became aware of the power he held in his unconventional "family," he enjoyed living a double life, saving patients during the day and indulging in prostitutes and gambling at night, while unsuccessfully keeping it a secret from his wife and child. Jim Knobeloch's fantastic performance provides a variety of voices for the many characters involved in Litner's life. Squeamish listeners should beware of some gory medical procedure descriptions. Recommended for public libraries.-Jesse M. Light, Memorial Hall Lib., Andover, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.