Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 29, 2009 - Law - 384 pages
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"Petey Chops wasn't kicking up. And if he didn't start soon, he was going to get whacked." So begins Making Jack Falcone, the extraordinary true story of an undercover FBI agent's years-long investigation of the Gambinos, which resulted in a string of arrests that crippled the organized crime family.

But long before Joaquin "Jack" Garcia found himself wearing a wire with some of the Mafia's top capos, he was one of the FBI's unlikeliest recruits. A Cuban-born American, Jack graduated from Quantico standing six-foot-four and weighing 300 pounds -- not your typical G-man. Jack's stature soon proved an asset as the FBI looked to place agents undercover with drug smugglers, counterfeiters, and even killers. Jack became one of the few FBI agents dedicated solely to undercover work.

Using a series of carefully created aliases, Jack insinuated himself in the criminal world, from the Badlands of Philadelphia, where he was a gregarious money launderer, to the streets of Miami, where an undercover Garcia moved stolen and illicit goods and brought down dirty cops. Jack jumped at the opportunity to infiltrate the shadowy world of La Cosa Nostra, but how would the Cuban-American convince wiseguys that he was one of their own, a Sicilian capable of "earning his button" -- getting made in the Mafia? For the first time, the FBI created a special "mob school" for Jack, teaching him how to eat, talk, and think like a wiseguy. And it wasn't long before the freshly minted Jack Falcone found himself under the wing of one of the Gambinos' old school capos, Greg DePalma. DePalma, who cared for an ailing John Gotti in prison, introduced Falcone to his world of shakedowns, beatings, and envelopes of cash, never suspecting that one of his trusted crew members was a federal agent.

A page-turning account of the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime that will rank with such classic stories as Donnie Brasco, Serpico, and Wiseguy, Making Jack Falcone is an unforgettable trip into America's underworld through the eyes of a highly decorated FBI veteran.
  

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Review: Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

User Review  - Diana Pettis - Goodreads

I have always wondered about the Mafia. This book is told from the perspective of an FBI that takes down a well known mafia family. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Read full review

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Now this book was bad ass! Great narration Read full review

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Contents

The Battle of Bloomingdales
3
Come Fly with Me
21
Serpico Sent Me
24
The FNG
34
Tipping the Scales of Justice
46
Welcome to New York
64
Making 2 Million on Our Lunch Hour
74
Remember Pulp Fiction? Im Wolf
93
Atlantic CityFriends in High Places
194
If It Was Raining Tits Wed Get Hit over the Head with a Cock
208
If Youve Got the Hole Youve Got the Gold
231
Going Hollywood
254
I Could Die as Jack Falcone
276
Meeting Robert Vaccaro
284
The Case of the Curious Cabbie
301
Withdrawal
309

A Cry for Help from the Bronx
103
The Payoff at the Naked Truth
130
Royal Charm
141
Building the Case
155
Meeting Grandpa Munster
157
Greg Lights Up
168
The Seduction of Greg DePalma
176
On the Books
183
FBI to Falcone Drop Dead
311
I Love to Get Kissed When Im Getting Fucked
319
The People v Greg DePalma
328
Hit Parade
340
The Unmaking of Jack Falcone
348
Where Are They Now?
359
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Jack Garcia spent a total of twenty-six years as a special agent for the FBI. He has received awards from the United States Attorney's offices in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Miami, as well as the FBI's Director's Award for Investigative Excellence and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Now retired from the FBI, Jack enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Michael Levin writes and ghostwrites in Orange County, California, where he runs www.Business Ghost.com.

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