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In June of 1981, at age 66, Santo Trafficante Jr., the “Boss of Bosses” of Florida’s organized crime, faced his first lengthy prison sentence! Trafficante and 15 others were indicted on racketeering charges from a two-year federal probe of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) trust-fund kickbacks. The racketeering charge carried a mandatory penalty…

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Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets

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Catering to lovers of the well-written word and the well-mixed drink, Cocktail Noir is a lively look at the intertwining of alcohol and the underworld represented by authors of crime, both true and fictional, and their glamorously disreputable characters, as well as by real-life gangsters who built Prohibition-era empires on bootlegged booze.

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Balls: The True Life of Eddie Trascher, Gentleman Gangster

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Eddie Trascher was a gentleman gangster, but he never wanted to be part of the mob. For 50 years, from the pre-Castro Havana casinos to Los Angeles, Trascher stole from mob-owned casinos, scammed gangsters, and was one of the top bookies in the country. He capped his career as a confidential informant for Florida law…

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Hitmen: The Mafia, Drugs, and the East Harlem Purple Gang

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From the author of the star reviewed Garden State Gangland comes an in-depth exposé on East Harlem’s notorious Purple Gang whose murderous exploits became a media obsession and Mafia lynchpin. In the late 1970s, a string of seemingly unconnected murders had Harlem police and federal authorities at their wits’ end until they realized several commonalities.…

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Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey

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In Garden State Gangland, Scott M. Deitche sets the historical record straight by providing the first overall history of the mob in New Jersey, from the early turn of the century Black Hand gangs to the present, and looks at how influential they were, not only to goings-on the Garden State but across the New…

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Cigar City Mafia

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Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld. Bootleggers, gambling, ringleaders, arsonists, narcotics dealers, and gang murders, a variety of characters flourished in the era known as Prohibition, and Tampa, Florida, was where they battled for supremacy in the criminal underworld.

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