The Valachi Papers (Paperback)

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The Valachi Papers (Paperback)


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New York Times Bestseller

“As fascinating as fiction, a bloody history of the Mafia as lived by one of its members." —New York Times Book Review

The First Inside Account of the Mafia

In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob's code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crime from the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers—and where the bodies were buried—Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of America's major crime figures.

The rest is history.

Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachi's name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposé broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra and stands today as the classic about America's Mob, a fascinating tale of power and terror, big money, crime. . . and murder.

Peter Maas's is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Underboss. His other notable bestsellers include The Valachi Papers, Serpico, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name. He lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9780060507428
ISBN-10: 006050742X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 18th, 2003
Pages: 304
Language: English

“A highly readable narrative of the life and times of Joseph Valachi. . . it is a story littered with bodies and unsolved crimes, betrayals and beatings, oaths, ritual and revenge.” — Newsweek

“A classic on crime. A fine book, which will be read whenever people are concerned about the erosions of a democracy by organized crime.” — Life