“Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.” is FREE today at Amazon.com.

“Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.” is FREE today at Amazon.com.

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12,000 word essay with bonus features!

Joe Bruno’s “Mobster, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 1finished runner up (second place) in the eFestival of Words 2013Book of the Year in the category “Nonfiction.

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.

About Joe Bruno:

Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, said, “Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word ‘alleged.’
“That’s why Joe Bruno’s insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he’s talking about because he’s lived through it. >h3>
“Joe Bruno’s mob books are a composite of characters and events, which weaves the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of New York City as well as in other parts of the country.”

What people are saying about Joe Bruno’s mobster books:

Joe Bruno does it again!

By Chester L Stone
Verified Purchase

I have been a fan of books and movies on organized crime in American since I read Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. When I discovered Joe Bruno, I learned that my knowledge of the LCN and other mobs was very limited. After reading “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps,” Volumes 1 through 5, I had a completely changed insight on organized crime. As I have said before, reading Joe Bruno is like having a conversation with an old friend.
5.0 out of 5 stars!!
Great Fun Read!
By Curfewplug
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I’ve read hundreds of books about organized crime; some good, some not so good. Joe Bruno’s books are some of my favorites. I enjoy Mr. Bruno’s writing style; lively, informative, and just the right amount of street jargon.


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