Narrator Richard Davidson fails us in this reading of Maas's book describing the rise of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano to the position of underboss beneath John Gotti (LJ 6/15/97). We don't know when he's reading the author's text or playing Gravano. The work provides the basic ABCs on what it means to be a member of the mob, how one succeeds in that organization, and how its operations cost everyone. Moreover, it explains why the FBI ignored the Cosa Nostra and how surveillance techniques and new laws turned the tables just when Gotti thought he was untouchable. However, America has an insatiable curiosity about the Mafia, and this work will gather no dust. An important, popular work that should be acquired.‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.
"This is a page turner that Maas writes in Gravano's voice. Its one readers will hear in their heads for a long while."--Ilene Cooper"--Booklist""Terrific...an important book...a gripping story. It's important because it is a morality play on the subject of loyalty."--Donald E. Westlake, "New York Times Book Review""Fascinating for its anthropologically detailed portrait of a subculture some of us can't get enough of.""--Time""An absorbing, intimate, alluring tale of power, greed, and Mob intrigue.""People"