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For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life

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A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: The son of New York's most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised by a cold-blooded murderer, who was also a devoted family man, and the wrenching legacy of Mafia family life.

Al DeMeo will never forget the day in 1992 when a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunted him with a copy of the hot new book Murder Machine, chronicling the horrific criminal life of DeMeo's father, Roy, the head of the most deadly gang in organized crime. The moment sent DeMeo into a psychological tailspin: How could he have spent his life looking up to, and loving, a vicious killer?

For the Sins of My Father recounts the chilling rise and fall of the man who led the Gambino family's most fearsome killers and thieves, through the eyes of a son who had never known any other kind of life. Coming of age in an opulent Long Island house where money is abundant but its source is unclear, Al becomes Roy's confidant, sent to call in loans at age fourteen and gradually coming to understand his father's job description--loan shark, car thief, porn purveyor and, above all, murderer. But when Al is seventeen, Roy's body is found in the trunk of a car, a gangland slaying that places Al between federal prosecutors seeking his testimony and a mob crew determined to keep him quiet.

Desperate to abide by the father-son bond, but equally determined to escape his father's dangerous and doomed life, Al Demeo embarks on a courageous quest for the truth, reconciliation, and honor. With the implacable narrative drive of a thriller and the power of a painfully honest memoir, For the Sins of My Father presents a startling and unprecedented perspective on the underworld of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life.

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Synopsis:

The son of Roy DeMeo, the head of the Gambino crime family's squad of killers and thieves, describes coming of age in the world of organized crime, the murder of his father when he was seventeen, his love for his father despite his criminal career, and his determination to escape his father's doomed and dangerous life. 50,000 first printing.

About the Author

Born in Brooklyn and Long Island, ALBERT DEMEO lives in suburban New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767911290
Subtitle:
A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Demeo, Albert
Author:
Albert, Demeo
Author:
Mary Jane Ross
Author:
Ross, Mary Jane
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
True Crime : General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
True Crime
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Mafia
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Crime-Mobs and Organized Crime
Subject:
Crime-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020801
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
275

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime

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"Synopsis" by , The son of Roy DeMeo, the head of the Gambino crime family's squad of killers and thieves, describes coming of age in the world of organized crime, the murder of his father when he was seventeen, his love for his father despite his criminal career, and his determination to escape his father's doomed and dangerous life. 50,000 first printing.
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