Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer

Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer


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Following up on the success of the Adrenaline title Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, Adrenaline Classics brings back the New York Times bestseller (originally published as Killer) that helped pave the way for the latest generation of nouveau-mob stories, from Donnie Brasco to The Sopranos. "Joey"—a journeyman Jewish hitman, numbers king, and loan shark—collaborated with David Fisher (co-editor of the hit Adrenaline title Wild Blue) to lay out the rackets in gripping detail. His story includes detailed accounts of his chillingly "professional" murders of thirty-eight victims. The strong sales of Mob are further evidence that the best mafia stories—and this is one of the best—capture the public's interest. Joey the Hitman's original best-seller status reflects the quality of the writing, the frank intelligence of the subject/writer, and Joey's convincingly matter-of-fact, regular-guy tone. When he writes, debunking The Godfather, "... Actually very few mob members even have Bronx-Italian accents ... a lot of mob people are not very tough, the people we meet and deal with are very ordinary, most of us stay home at night and watch TV, and we only shoot each other when absolutely necessary," you know you're listening to the original Soprano. This edition includes a new afterword from David Fisher, who for the first time reveals Joey's identity and the incredible story of how Joey finally died.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560253938
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/18/2002
Series: Adrenaline Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,227,236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Joey--What You'd Call My Early Years1
2The Gang's All Here14
3The Numbers31
4The Process of Elimination46
5The Shy's the Limit71
6The Business of Pleasure89
7Bettors, Bookies and Bookmaking99
8Horses and Other Athletes124
9Big Deal141
10Some of Our Best Friends Are in Show Biz147
11The Cost of Highs159
12I Can Get It for You No Sale178
13The Godfather: The Way Things Ain't191
14Gallo and Colombo: The Way Things Are196
15Doing Business with Cops and Pols209
17Going Legit237
18The Graybar Hotel249

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