The Good Rat
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The Good Rat : A True Story

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In his inimitable New York voice, Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin gives us a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia--characters like John Gotti, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (named for his weapon of choice), and Jimmy "the Clam" Eppolito--interwoven with the remarkable true-crime saga of the good rat himself, Burt Kaplan of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the star witness in the recent trial of two NYPD detectives indicted for carrying out eight gangland executions. Through these unforgettable real-life and long-forgotten Mafia stories, Jimmy Breslin captures the moments in which the mob was made and broken.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060856696
  • 9780060856694
  • 573,859

Review quote

"Breslin put his notes to brilliant use in a colorfully nuanced depiction of Burt Kaplan. Kaplan is The Good Rat, and while Breslin doesn't put a gloss on his crimes, he uses him wisely and well to tell us once again about New York's underbelly. And, in such memorable terms."--New York Daily News
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789 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 17% (137)
4 30% (234)
3 37% (289)
2 13% (104)
1 3% (25)
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