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Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer (Adrenaline Classics)by Joey
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Following up on the success of the Adrenaline title Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, Adrenaline Classics brings back the New York Times bestseller (originally published as Killer) that helped pave the way for the latest generation of nouveau-mob stories, from Donnie Brasco to The Sopranos. "Joey"—a journeyman Jewish hitman, numbers king, and loan shark—collaborated with David Fisher (co-editor of the hit Adrenaline title Wild Blue) to lay out the rackets in gripping detail. His story includes detailed accounts of his chillingly "professional" murders of thirty-eight victims. The strong sales of Mob are further evidence that the best mafia stories—and this is one of the best—capture the public's interest. Joey the Hitman's original best-seller status reflects the quality of the writing, the frank intelligence of the subject/writer, and Joey's convincingly matter-of-fact, regular-guy tone. When he writes, debunking The Godfather, "... Actually very few mob members even have Bronx-Italian accents ... a lot of mob people are not very tough, the people we meet and deal with are very ordinary, most of us stay home at night and watch TV, and we only shoot each other when absolutely necessary," you know you're listening to the original Soprano. This edition includes a new afterword from David Fisher, who for the first time reveals Joey's identity and the incredible story of how Joey finally died.
Book News Annotation:
This autobiography of Mafia hitman "Joey Black" is a reissue of the New York Times bestseller originally published in 1973 as Killer. The text contains a new introduction and epilogue by Fisher, with whom Joey collaborated on the original book; the epilogue contains more details about Joey's identity and his death. Fisher is author of some 40 books, including (with George Burns) and (with Eddie Fisher). No subject index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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