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Another 5-star review for “Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Another 5-star review for “Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)” That makes it six out of six.

*****

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very informative and Joe gives the facts, August 16, 2014
By ED – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
Great book, very informative and Joe gives the facts which make for fast reading, can’t wait for the next book.

*****

What Makes a Rat, a Rat?

Mathew J. Mari – New York City Criminal Attorney for 37 years

Contrary to popular opinion, rats are born and not made.

People think law enforcement ‘turns’ people into rats by persuading them to ‘turn state’s evidence,’ as the old saying goes. There is a difference between the verb ‘rat,’ which is what a lot of people do, and the noun ‘rat,’ which is what a lot of people are.

Real men don’t rat because they still have to look at themselves in the mirror. The reason they don’t rat is not because of some oath of silence (omerta), or because they are afraid of being killed, but because they simply ARE NOT RATS. The people who rat (the verb) do it because they ARE RATS (the noun). The people who rat were born rats and simply do what they were born to do when the circumstances benefit them.

It’s really that simple.”

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“New York City’s You Can Now Preorder on Amazon.com “Five Points: The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever! [Kindle Edition]“

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Amazon.com had made it possible to pre-order my next Kindle book “New York City’s Five Points: The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever! [Kindle Edition]“

It should be ready to be published in a week or so. If you wish to pre-order the book, click on the link below

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Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated” is free today at Amazon.com

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated” is free today at Amazon.com

To grab your FREE Kindle copy, click the link below.

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When it comes to murder and mayhem, there has never been a more fertile backdrop than the mean streets of New York City.

Whether it was murder for profit, or a contract hit ordered by mob bosses, or maybe just a simple hit because the killer didn’t like the victim’s face (this happens more often than you think), there have been more dead bodies deposited in the gutters of New York City than on the streets of any other city in the world. This is in addition to the thousands of murder victims whose bodies “did a Houdini”; or in other words – disappeared.
Most people enjoy reading about a gruesome murder – the bloodier the better. Besides the casual civilian reveling in the miseries of others, certain killers also enjoy reading about their achievements in the press. Other killers couldn’t care less about the notoriety, but instead view the publicity as a method of convincing potential victims if they don’t cough up the cash requested, or do the right thing in other matters; their mutilated bodies might wind up on the front page of the newspapers, too.
Then there is the psyche of the killer himself. Usually, the killer’s first hit makes little psychological impact on him. He doesn’t enjoy it too much, but he figures if this is to be his business of choice, he had better get used to the blood and gore, or slide into another line of work.
However, certain killers enjoy the act of killing so much, they have no qualms about carving up some poor soul’s throat and torso (or maybe both), then celebrating the hit by devouring a rare roast beef sandwich, minutes after slicing his victim into the hereafter.
In highlighting the most prolific killers in the history of New York City if not the world, this book starts with the bloody Black Hand and then pitches forward a decade later to the Boys from Brownsville, who morphed into the greatest death machine in the history of America: Murder Incorporated, better known as Murder Inc.
So fire up your Kindle, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, and enjoy the most vicious killers ever to prowl the streets of New York City.

However – a word of caution. While reading, stay away from rare roast beef sandwiches, dripping in blood.
They might not go down too well.

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Book review on “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.”

Posted in Book Reviews, Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, famous trials, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, Mobsters, movie review, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom on August 13, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Excellent review on “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.”

*****
The Canary Sang but Couldn’t Fly
August 12, 2014
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Joe Bruno takes another look at the New York criminal underworld and one of its most fascinating figures in his latest book, “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.” As has been the case with each of Bruno’s books that I’ve read, he’s taken an interesting subject, conducted exhaustive research, and told his story using some rather colorful slang that may catch readers by surprise.

Reles was a New York gangster of the 1930s who was one of the hired guns of Murder Inc., the enforcement arm of the Commission that controlled organized crime in New York at the time. Murder Inc. (as it was called by the press and public) turned what often had been haphazardly organized mob hits into a highly organized business under the leadership of Louis “Lepke” Buchalter. Reles was a vicious killer who ran his own rackets in Brooklyn but was also on Lepke’s payroll. When the police finally caught Reles, he turned state’s evidence, and his testimony was instrumental in helping to convict Lepke, who became the first mob boss to die in the electric chair. Reles’ moment of glory was short lived however as he fell, jumped, or almost certainly was thrown to his death out a window in the hotel in which he was being held. Reles’ notoriety with the public was enhanced a few years later when Peter Falk had perhaps his best film role portraying Reles in a movie that was also called “Murder Inc.”

Bruno takes a comprehensive look at Reles’ career from his less well known early days seizing control of his piece of turf in Brooklyn to the far better known events surrounding his testimony against Lepke and other mob figures. The book spends a good bit of time discussing the turf war in which Reles and his partners eliminated, one by one, the Shapiro brothers, the mobsters who had controlled the rackets in a section of Brooklyn called Brownsville. The book disproves the notion that mob hits were highly efficient affairs as the Shapiros manage to get away again and again before eventually running out of luck.

From there, Bruno gives a good accounting of how Murder Inc. operated and the details of the one killing that wound up getting Lepke convicted. It’s a fascinating story, with Lepke on the run for years before finally surrendering to J. Edgar Hoover himself (with Walter Winchell lending a hand). Finally, Reles is again center stage as he testifies and meets his demise. The story of Reles, Buchalter, and Murder Inc. is one of the most interesting in the annals of New York organized crime, and Bruno lays it all out in a straightforward manner that’s, for the most part, very easy to follow.

Readers should be aware that Bruno’s books, including this one, do not follow any manual of style I’ve ever seen. He uses plenty of slang to describe what’s happening, and the net effect is that readers feel they are hearing the story from a relative who lived through it rather than reading a history. That takes some getting used to for those accustomed to more scholarly true crime works. However, in comparison with some of his other books I’ve read, Bruno tones down some of the most outlandish rhetoric in “Reles,” and the remaining language mostly enhances the story rather than distracts the reader. The result is a colorful read that’s often as entertaining for how Bruno’s describing the action as for the action itself.

I’ve got one other caveat about the book. Although it’s listed on Amazon as 44 pages, the story of Abe Reles only takes up about half the book. Bruno includes another interesting article about another interesting, but lesser known, gangster turned stool pigeon of the era, “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum (a truly great mob nickname, as is Reles’ own “Kid Twist” nickname), Finally, the last third of the book contains an excerpt from one of Bruno’s longer books and some other filler material. Although I don’t think readers will feel cheated by the way “Reles” is organized, they should be aware of what they will get.

All in all, “Reles” is another one of Bruno’s colorful strolls through the back alleys of New York. Some of his sources (which he details at the end of the book) are quite obscure, and it’s highly doubtful readers would ever find out some of the information Joe reveals on their own. Abe Reles wasn’t a very likable guy, but, in Joe Bruno’s hands, he’s been turned into a very likable book.

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Another 5-Star review for “Abe “Kid Twist” Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.”

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, famous trials, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, labor unions, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, Uncategorized with tags , , on August 13, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Another 5-Star review for “Abe “Kid Twist” Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc..” This one on Amazon.UK.

The link for both the US and UK versions are below.

5.0 out of 5 stars A darn good read.
By Tjc
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“I enjoyed this book. Interesting, informative and well written. Joe brings his own brand of narrative to the prose and it’s refreshing to read a well researched book without all the usual stuffiness and insipidness that usually goes hand in hand with a lot of the True Crime genre.”

*****

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He was the canary who could sing but couldn’t fly.
Abe “Kid Twist” Reles was one of the most vicious and unlikable mobsters in the history of the American underworld. And to add to his distastefulness, Reles had a face only a mother could love.

After winning a Brooklyn mob war against the three Shapiro brothers (Reles was involved in the murder of all three Shapiros), Reles took over the rackets in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Reles and his vicious crew, dubbed “The Boys from Brownsville,” eventually caught the eye of Louie “Lepke” Buchalter, and soon Reles and his crew were charter members of Murder Inc., a battalion of killers who were responsible for anywhere from 500 to 1000 murders throughout the country.

However, in January of 1940, Reles, who was sitting pretty and bathing in illegal dough, was picked up by the cops and charged with the 1933 murder of small-time hood, Red Alpert. The reason for the pinch was that two of Reles’s flunkies, who had witnessed Alpert’s murder and were afraid for their own lives, ran to the cops, and they both sang the same sad song, “It was Abe Reles who killed Red Alpert.”

Reles knew he was screwed. He knew that two men corroborating that he had whacked Alpert was all the District Attorney needed to fry his butt in the electric chair. So Reles did what no one in the underworld thought he was capable of doing: Reles became a rat.

“Abe “Kid Twist” Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.” tells the story of the rise and fall of Abe Reles, from a street punk, to a killer, to a stool pigeon, whose alleged attempt at flight landed him flat on his back; squashed like a fly dive-bombing into a speeding car’s windshield.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

*****

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Another 5-star review for “The Wrong Man: Who Ordered The Murder Of Gambler Herman Rosenthal And Why.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Another 5-star review for “The Wrong Man: Who Ordered The Murder Of Gambler Herman Rosenthal And Why.”
5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful read!
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition

“The Wrong Man: Who Ordered The Murder Of Gambler Herman Rosenthal And Why” by Joe Bruno is an excellently written account of the murder of the title and the court case that followed. Written in a gripping narrative this reads as easily as a compelling thriller.

Clearly well researched and confident about court proceedings at the times and about the facts, the author tells the story of what may have been a great miscarriage of justice. The fact that this has actually happened exactly 100 years ago but is about real people and events had a huge impact on me during the read.

The author did well with holding back his own conclusions until the end with great journalistic skill. Short and concise this is a great and powerful read.

*****

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2012 is the 100-year anniversary of the murder of small-time gambler Herman Rosenthal – the most celebrated murder of its time. Make no mistake, there are no good guys here; no innocent victims. The fact is Bald Jack Rose, a well-known New York City criminal, framed crooked New York City police lieutenant – Charles Becker – for the killing of stool pigeon Herman Rosenthal.
People in the underworld cheered the death of Rosenthal; he was disliked that much. But that doesn’t negate the fact that the wrong man sat in Sing Sing’s electric chair for ordering Rosenthal’s murder, while the man who framed Becker – and orchestrated the murder of Rosenthal himself – walked away a free man.

“The Wrong Man” explains how this all transpired.

*****

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrong-Man-Ordered-Gambler-Rosenthal-ebook/dp/B0087STI5K/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407878637&sr=1-10&keywords=joe+bruno

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Joe Bruno has 5 of the top 20 ranked books, and 9 of the first 32 ranked books on Amazon.com in the category “Best Sellers in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Joe Bruno has 5 of the top 20 ranked books, and 9 of the first 32 ranked books on Amazon.com in the category “Best Sellers in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs.”

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/6361568011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_5_last

 

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