Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Woman

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Carroll & Graf, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Divorced from the Mob breaks the mob code of silence and describes the life of Andrea Giovino, a woman born and bred into the Mafia, and her inspirational escape. Sexy and street-smart, Giovino married a mob drug runner, earned a seat at ‘80s nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime. Hers was also the task of keeping her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her husband’s clothes—and maintaining the household’s front as a model of American domesticity in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, all the while helping manage a criminal enterprise that raked in money. A murder, a DEA set-up, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, Giovino chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously divorcing herself and her children from the Gambino world of organized crime. Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned this perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing expose of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

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Impressed into a life of crime at a young age, Giovino recounts her story, from stealing food from a local grocer as a child (at her mother's insistence) to her arrest by the DEA and subsequent ... Read full review

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I like it, it was funny, sad, crazy an ups an downs that most people go through.

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About the author (2004)

Giovino, a mother of four children, refused to enter the Witness Protection Program despite knowing there was a contract out on her life. Indicted in 1992 with her husband and brother on charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine in Brooklyn and Staten Island, she was relocated in return for her husband and brother's cooperation with the government.

Gary Brozek is a freelance writer. He has co-authored and ghostwritten numerous books. He wrote the New York Times bestseller, Trident K9 Warriors, with former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, who started his own company to train dogs for SEAL teams. Brozek also co-wrote Heartache and Hope in Haiti: The Britney Gengel Story, with her family, and Out of Captivity, with three American military contractors who were held captive in the jungles of Colombia for nearly 6 years.

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