Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss


By (author) Philip Carlo

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 24mm | 210g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1845964721
  • ISBN 13: 9781845964726
  • Sales rank: 73,276

Product description

Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso, former head of the Lucchese family, is currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado. Now, he has given bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. Casso concocted ingenious schemes to hijack trucks, rob banks and traffic vast quantities of marijuana and heroin - shattering the myth that the Mafia didn't handle drugs. He also worked with the other Mafia families and forged strong ties with the Russian mob. He was bringing in so much cash that he had dozens of large safety-deposit boxes filled with bricks of hundred-dollar bills. But there was tragedy, too, and it ate away at the seemingly bulletproof Casso, who loved his family but ultimately questioned his choices in life. The law finally caught up with him in his New Jersey safe house in 1993, and, rather than stoically face the music like the old-time mafiosi he revered, Casso became the thing he hated - a rat. Detailing Casso's feud with John Gotti, the 'Windows Case' that led to the beginning of the end for the mob in New York and Casso's dealings with the NYPD Mafia cops, Gaspipe is a chilling and illuminating roller-coaster ride into a netherworld few outsiders have ever dared to enter.

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Author information

Philip Carlo was the bestselling author of The Ice Man, The Night Stalker and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.

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"A unique insight into a character we might only believe existed on screen (****)" News of the World "With brutal honesty, Carlo writes from the heart" -- Robert De Niro "This powerful story is required reading for anyone with a yen for the Mafia, the criminal underworld and a law enforcement system struggling to keep up" Publishers Weekly "The inside information about the lifestyle, rituals, killings and betrayals is priceless" Kirkus Reviews