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Five Families
The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
Selwyn Raab - Oct 04, 2016 (first published in 2005)
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A 10th-anniversary edition of the New York Times bestselling history of the Mafia's infamous Five Families, featuring a new preface by the author.For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damage on America’s social fabric and business enterprises while eme...
Men of Honour
The Truth About the Mafia
Judge Giovanni Falcone - Sep 07, 1992 (first published in 1991)
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In 1984, after becoming part of an antimafia group seeking to prosecute the Sicilian mafia, the Cosa Nostra, durante toda su carrera....
The President Street Boys
Growing Up Mafia
Frank Dimatteo - Jul 26, 2016
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"When Mom got out of jail, it was great having her home."...
Homicide
David Simon - Aug 22, 2006 (first published in 1991)
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From the creator of HBO's The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show.The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of hard men who fight f...
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The Godfather
50th Anniversary Edition
Mario Puzo - Mar 01, 2002 (first published in 1969)
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The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, th...
Shantaram
A Novel
Gregory David Roberts - Oct 01, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
Beneath These Shadows
Meghan March - Oct 25, 2016
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Beneath These Shadows is a STANDALONE romance set in the world of the Beneath series. You DO NOT have to read any other books in the series to enjoy it. From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a new dangerously sexy alpha hero... The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients. I drift from city to city, in and out o...
Columbine
Dave Cullen - Mar 03, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . " So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders." It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that...
King
T. M. Frazier - Jun 17, 2015
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Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they c...
The Blood of Emmett Till
Timothy B. Tyson - Dec 05, 2017
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This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till—“and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it” (The Atlantic).In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Em...
Well-Read Black Girl
Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Glory Edim - Oct 30, 2018
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An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their...
Leopard's Blood by
Monster in His Eyes by J. M. Darhower
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Con Man's Daughter by Candice Curry
The Thief's Daughter by
Low Life by Luc Sante
Mafia Republic by John Dickie
Streetwise by Diego Gambetta
God's Mafia by Alfred Fortino
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Party Monster by James St. James
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Crow's Row by Julie Hockley
Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
The Craft by John Dickie
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Professional by Kresley Cole
Mafia Prince by Phil Leonetti
Donnie Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
Ruthless People by J. J. McAvoy
The Firm by John Grisham
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Blood and Honor by George Anastasia
Dirty Angels by Karina Halle
Cosa Nostra by John Dickie
The Wine-Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia
The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas
Mafia Dynasty by John H. Davis
Blood Brotherhoods by John Dickie
The Sicilian Mafia by Diego Gambetta
The Scarlet Thread by Evelyn Anthony
My Dark Places by James Ellroy
For Nothing by Nicholas Denmon
Gaspipe by Philip Carlo
To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia
Surviving the Mob by Dennis N. Griffin
The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia
Mr. Majestyk by Elmore Leonard
Making Sense of Suicide Missions by Diego Gambetta
Underboss by Peter Maas
Mob Rules by Louis Ferrante
Mafia Summit by Gil Reavill