Mob Nemesis: How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime

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Prometheus Books, 2002 - Political Science - 336 pages
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Mob and crime-fighting cognoscenti and die-hard Sopranos fans will certainly enjoy Griffin's detailed recollections of these lesser-known mobsters' downfall. -Publishers WeeklyThe combination of FBI and Mob intrigue makes for compelling reading. -Booklist[A]n essential contribution to the modern genre of Mafia books ... an insider's view of how organized crime works and how the FBI fights it ... also provides a nifty thumbnail history of the mob.-South Florida Sun-SentinelWhile 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.Joe Griffin, after a very successful 30-year career with the FBI, is now president and CEO of Quest Consultants International, A chicago-area investigative consulting firm.Don DeNevi is the author of Riddle of the Rock: The Only Successful Escape from Alcatraz, among other works.
 

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When Griffin joined the FBI in 1957, La Cosa Nostra hadn't even been officially acknowledged, but the Mob families had a stranglehold on many American port cities. Soon after, though, the reality ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
A Few Words about Joe Griffin and His Book
23
Chapter112 The EarlyYears
43
Chapter113 Smashing the Money Sources
65
Chapter114 Magaddino
99
Chapter116 Another Washington Assignment
145
Chapter117 Cleveland
164
Chapter118 On the Inspection Trail
209
Chapter110 Top Notch
275
Chapter111 Jackie PresserCodeNamed ALPRO
301
Chapter112 The End of an EraThe Card Shop Case
317
Glossary
333
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Joe Griffin, after a very successful 30-year career with the FBI, is now president and CEO of Quest Consultants International, A chicago-area investigative consulting firm.Don DeNevi is the author of Riddle of the Rock: The Only Successful Escape from Alcatraz, among other works.

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