Bargain – everyone loves a bargain, and Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set is a bargain that’s hard to beat.
This boxed set, consisting of six books by mob writer Joe Bruno, starts with Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – New York City. All three books were once ranked No. 1 in the now-defunct Amazon book category “Gangs,” and all three are consistently ranked in the top 100 in Amazon’s “Organized Crime.”
According to New York City criminal attorney Mathew J. Mari, Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps is “a composite of characters and events that entwines the denizens of New York City’s underworld with the rich history of New York City from the early 1800’s through the early 1900’s.”
The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why describes the events surrounding the sensational 1912 murder of stool-pigeon/gambler Herman Rosenthal, including the two trials and subsequent execution of New York City Police Lieut. Charles Becker. Becker was undoubtedly a corrupt cop of the highest order, but Becker did not order Rosenthal’s murder, and it was, in fact, to Becker’s advantage to keep Rosenthal very much alive.
Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated details the progression of New York City murder machines from 1900-1940. It starts with the Italian Black Hand, and cruises through the Boys from Brooklyn, which later became part of the most deadly American alliance ever: Murder Incorporated.
Finally, to cap off this six-book boxed set there’s Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit! – a clever critique of the VH1 TV program Mob Wives. As L.L. McKenna said in her Amazon book review – The Real of Reality TV, “What a pleasure Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit! is to read! Mr. Bruno not only provides insight to the ‘reality show’ but includes his blogs and responses. While scripted or not, the only truth is the paycheck that the “characters” cash while exposing themselves to the viewers.”
In summation: you get six Joe Bruno books for less than the price of a Starbuck’s cup of Joe.
Who says people can’t find a bargain these days?