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Two more 5-star reviews for “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” These two are from the Amazon/UK website.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 - New York City: Plus Bonus Best Selling Book "Mob Rats - Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles"

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City: Plus Bonus Best Selling Book "Mob Rats – Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles"

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars,
21 Sep 2014
By James Green
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This review is from: Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City (Kindle Edition)

A great book!!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great value!
By Ms. D. G. Mcateer “James McAteer” (N.Ireland)
(REAL NAME)
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This review is from: Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City (Kindle Edition)

Great value for the money!

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Another 5-Star Review for Joe Bruno’s “Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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*****

5.0 out of 5 stars!!
Great Book,
September 18, 2014
By Kim Buck
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This review is from: Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated (Kindle Edition)

“I really enjoy the stories that Mr. Bruno writes about you always learn something new. If you like Mobster books, then this is a book for you. Or if you just like to read as I do then you might like this book as well. Thank you Mr. Bruno.”

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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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Joe Bruno has 19 of the top 100 ranked Kindle ebooks 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 September 16, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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“New York City’s Five Points: The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever!” is ranked highest at #3.

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Best Selling Author Joe Bruno’s Internet Interview

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

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Name – Joe Bruno

Age –Ancient

Where are you from?

The Lower East Side of Manhattan – NY City

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc -
Transfiguration Grammar School. Cardinal Hayes High School, Hunter College. Vietnam Veteran. The Mean Streets of New York City.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news? –

My new book “Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 2 – The Cleveland Canaries” is on pre-order and is already ranked #1 on Amazon.com in the categories “Hot New Releases – Best Sellers in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs,” and #1 in “Hot New Releases – Best Sellers in Organized Crime True Accounts.”

 

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The mid-1960s. I started with grocery lists.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 1976, when I cashed my first writing check.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Money.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Think Mickey Spillane – nonfiction, not fiction. I write for people who have a little trouble reading.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book, early 1980s, was “Mulberry Street,” which is where I grew up in New York City’s Little Italy.

 

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, stay away from the mob, or they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

 

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
All of it is realistic. It’s where I lived for 48 years.

 

 

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
This could get me in trouble, but all my fiction books – four of them – are based on people I knew and events I’ve either seen or taken part in. And I’m still alive. I think.

 

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Lawrence Block’s “Telling Lies for Fun and Profit.”

 

 

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Lawrence Block.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” – Agatha Christie.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not really, I like the old-timers like Steven King and Dean Koontz.

 

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?
More “Mob Rats” books. Four books on Mob Rats already published, and more to come. There’s never a shortage of mob rats.

 

 

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
When I’m drunk, I usually use a lamppost to support me.

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It has been for the past 40 years.

 

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I wouldn’t change a thing in any of my 25 books.

 

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated.
I was too small to play professional basketball, but I wasn’t too short too to be a writer.

 
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 3.”

 

 

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting out of bed in the morning. Once I’m up and about, the words flow like pressured water from a fireman’s hose.

 

 

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Lawrence Block. No one writes a better story, and those who do write better than Larry, are all dead.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Yes. I travel every day from my bedroom to my office, which is in the adjoining bedroom.

 

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I now use Alchemy Covers. I formerly used Nitro Covers.

 

 

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sitting down in front of my computer. The rest is child’s play

 

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned never to be a Mob Rat. The life expectancy is too short.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want, not what somebody else wants, or just to make money. Unless you’re broke, then write for the money.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, hurry up and buy my books. My supply of Cognac is getting low.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but it was probably something by Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading. Watching sports on TV, and most importantly, breathing.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Boardwalk Empire. Ray Donovan. The Sopranos. 24. Mad Men. The Blacklist. The Knick.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Red and Green, especially the green in hundred dollar bills.
And I love all Doo Wop music. I sang for many years in several New York City Doo Wop groups. Got hit my many tomatoes, and a few raw eggs. They tasted okay, but I’d rather have them cooked.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’d be an attorney like my daughter.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Joe Bruno on the Mob – http://joebrunoonthemob.wordpress.com/

Joe Bruno
Amazon Best Selling Author of 25 crime fiction and nonfiction books, including:
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volumes 1 – 5″

 

 

http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/here-is-my-interview-with-joe-bruno/

New York City’s Five Points: The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever!” is not ranked #1 on Amazon.com in “Hot New Releases Organized Crime,” and #3 in “Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs.”

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

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The Five Points is personal to me. In 1914, my mother was born at 104 Bayard Street, the youngest of 12 children. I grew up around the corner at 134 White Street, corner of Baxter. During my youth, the area was called Little Italy. But at the time of my mother’s birth, it was still called the Five Points

The term the “Five Points” was derived in the early part of the Nineteenth Century because its Ground Zero was a five-point intersection formed by Orange Street (now Baxter Street), Cross Street (First Park and now Mosco Street – Frank Mosco was my Little League coach), Anthony Street (Now Worth), Little Water Street (which no longer exists), and Mulberry Street.

In the early-1800s, the Five Points neighborhood bounded by Centre Street on the west, and the Bowery/Chatham Square on the east. Canal Street was the northern border and Park Row – the southern border. The boarders of the Sixth Ward have since lengthened on the north side, going as far as Houston Street.

Across the street from the front entrance to my tenement building and close enough to touch with three or four leaping bounds, was the ominous-looking city prison called the Tombs. The dark and dreary structure was the third incarnation of this monstrosity; the first two being located one block to the west on Centre Street. The Tombs played an integral part of the Five Points sordid history. Hundreds of dastardly individuals were hung at the Tombs, and hundreds of thousands more had the Tombs as their mailing address, some permanently.

In 1896, at the prodding of journalist Jacob Riis, the hideous Mulberry Bend was demolished by the city, and Columbus Park was built in its stead. Before then, the Five Points was predominantly Irish, and it is estimated that 10,000 – 15,000 people, mostly Irish, lived in horrendous squalor in the four square blocks that comprised “The Bend.” When The Bend’s buildings were razed, the Irish were displaced. Most moved north to Hell’s Kitchen, the area bounded by 42nd Street and 59th Streets, and 7th to 12th Avenues.

After the demolition of Mulberry Bend, the Five Points became the domain of Italian Immigrants sprinkled with a few hundred Chinese, who claimed parts of Mott, Pell, and Doyers Streets as their turf. In fact, over the first two decades of the Twentieth Century, the Five Points district evolved into two intertwining neighborhoods: Little Italy and Chinatown.

It wasn’t until the mid-1920s that the term “Five Points” started to fade from the vocabulary of the area’s residents. In fact, as a child growing up, when I spoke to my aunts and uncles, the term “Five Points” came up quite often and never in favorable terms.

Most remnants of the original Five Points have long been gone. But the names of its former inhabitants still flicker across the lips of many New Yorkers, never in a flattering context.

In this book, the history of the Five Points is detailed in alphabetical order; not in chronological order, which I found overlapped to such a degree to make it unwieldy.

So, fire up your Kindle and read about some of the most distasteful creatures ever to roam the face of the earth. They all inhabited my old Five Points neighborhood in times gone by.

New York City's Five Points - The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever!: Plus FREE Best Selling Book "Mob Rats - Joe Valachi"

New York City's Five Points – The Most Dangerous and Decadent Neighborhood Ever!: Plus FREE Best Selling Book "Mob Rats – Joe Valachi"

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

Here is my interview with Joe Bruno

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Name – Joe Bruno

Age –Ancient

Where are you from?

The Lower East Side of Manhattan – NY City

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc -
Transfiguration Grammar School. Cardinal Hayes High School, Hunter College. Vietnam Veteran. The Mean Streets of New York City.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news? –

My new book “Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 2 – The Cleveland Canaries” is on pre-order and is already ranked #1 on Amazon.com in the categories “Hot New Releases – Best Sellers in Law Enforcement Biographies & Memoirs,” and #1 in “Hot New Releases – Best Sellers in Organized Crime True Accounts.”

 

 Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The mid-1960s. I started with grocery lists.

 

 Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 1976, when I cashed my first writing check.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Money.

 

 Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Think Mickey Spillane – nonfiction, not fiction. I write for people who have a little trouble reading.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book, early 1980s, was “Mulberry Street,” which is where I grew up in New York City’s Little Italy.

 

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, stay away from the mob, or they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

 

 Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

All of it is realistic. It’s where I lived for 48 years.

 

 Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

This could get me in trouble, but all my fiction books – four of them – are based on people I knew and events I’ve either seen or taken part in. And I’m still alive. I think.

 

 Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

Lawrence Block’s “Telling Lies for Fun and Profit.”

 

 Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Lawrence Block.

 

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” – Agatha Christie.

 

 Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Not really, I like the old-timers like Steven King and Dean Koontz.

 

 Fiona: What are your current projects?

More “Mob Rats” books. Four books on Mob Rats already published, and more to come. There’s never a shortage of mob rats.

 

 Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

When I’m drunk, I usually use a lamppost to support me.

 

 Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It has been for the past 40 years.

 

 Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I wouldn’t change a thing in any of my 25 books.

 

 Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated.

I was too small to play professional basketball, but I wasn’t too short too to be a writer.

 
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Mob Rats – Gangsters Who Squeal – Volume 3.”

 

 Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting out of bed in the morning. Once I’m up and about, the words flow like pressured water from a fireman’s hose.

 

 Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Lawrence Block. No one writes a better story, and those who do write better than Larry, are all dead.

 

 Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Yes. I travel every day from my bedroom to my office, which is in the adjoining bedroom.

 

 Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I now use Alchemy Covers. I formerly used Nitro Covers.

 

 Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Sitting down in front of my computer. The rest is child’s play

 

 Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned never to be a Mob Rat. The life expectancy is too short.

 

 Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want, not what somebody else wants, or just to make money. Unless you’re broke, then write for the money.

 

 Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes, hurry up and buy my books. My supply of Cognac is getting low.

 

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but it was probably something by Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

 Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading. Watching sports on TV, and most importantly, breathing.

 

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Boardwalk Empire. Ray Donovan. The Sopranos. 24. Mad Men. The Blacklist. The Knick.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Red and Green, especially the green in hundred dollar bills.
And I love all Doo Wop music. I sang for many years in several New York City Doo Wop groups. Got hit my many tomatoes, and a few raw eggs. They tasted okay, but I’d rather have them cooked.

 

 Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’d be an attorney like my daughter.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Joe Bruno on the Mob – http://joebrunoonthemob.wordpress.com/

Joe Bruno
Amazon Best Selling Author of 25 crime fiction and nonfiction books, including:
“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volumes 1 – 5″

 

 

http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/here-is-my-interview-with-joe-bruno/

Amazon Best Selling author Joe Bruno has 8 out of the top 15 top ranked book 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 September 15, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Cover Whitey Bulger on Amazon

“Whitey Bulger – The Biggest Rat” is ranked highest at #6.

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