While J. Edgar Hoover was denying that there was such a thing as organized crime, in the forties, fifties, and sixties the mob was busy forming powerful syndicates in many northeastern cities. This book tells the fascinating, first-hand story of how FBI Special Agent Joe Griffin, with the help of a team of courageous professionals, succeeded ...
While J. Edgar Hoover was denying that there was such a thing as organized crime, in the forties, fifties, and sixties the mob was busy forming powerful syndicates in many northeastern cities. This book tells the fascinating, first-hand story of how FBI Special Agent Joe Griffin, with the help of a team of courageous professionals, succeeded through dogged determination and uncanny street smarts to convict major La Cosa Nostra leaders in Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, and Youngstown. Forget Hollywood's version of the mafia; this is the real inside story from a man who observed the day-by-day behavior of these "instinctual killers" and for whom "it was a matter of principle to destroy them." FBI Medal of Valor recipient Joe Griffin, with the help of writer/researcher Don DeNevi, provides intimate details of mob intrigue, drug deals, gambling rings, hits, bloody gangland wars, and even a plot to plant a "mole" in the Cleveland FBI office. All the more fascinating because it's true, "Mob Nemesis "is an engrossing story of the underworld from a man who took them on and won.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-24 Retired Special Agent in Charge Griffin, currently CEO of an investigative firm, found his way to the FBI for pragmatic reasons: hailing from humble West Virginia beginnings, he wanted to work for the government in order to attend Georgetown at night. Initially rejected as too "immature" for special agent training (he was given a job as a clerk), Griffin was eventually accepted and soon developed an appetite for crime fighting. And as with many younger agents, he wanted to go after infamous La Cosa Nostra; how he does so is the subject of this no-frills memoir of the FBI-mob wars of the 1960s and '70s. Griffin details several protracted campaigns in unglamorous locales like Cleveland and Buffalo, which were hotbeds of Mafia activities like gambling, loan-sharking, prostitution and drug-related murders. His distant, hardboiled perspective is appropriate to the material, though the prose might be described as workmanlike at best, wooden at worst. Still, Griffin and DeNevi (Riddle of the Rock) offer ample unadorned recollections of the nitty-gritty a part of American underworld in its death throes. While the aging Rust Belt gangsters Griffin pursued were extremely violent and mercenary, their downfall seems foretold by their cheapness (they refused to hire lawyers for jailed underlings, whom Griffin was then able to "flip") and stupidity (they failed to dispose of cars, guns and loot from major crimes). (Jan.) Forecasts: Although this book's limited stylistic palette may fail to engage casual readers, mob and crime-fighting cognoscenti and die-hard Sopranos fans will certainly enjoy Griffin's detailed recollections of these lesser-known mobsters' downfall. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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