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Quitting The Mob
  Quitting The Mob
"In my years as a vice detective, I worked on hundreds of Mafia cases and I can say that Michael Franzese reveals exactly what it's like to be in the Mob, physically and emotionally. This is the best Mafia book I've read in years."

-David Toma

Just a few years ago, Michael Franzese was "one of the biggest earners the Mob had seen since Al Capone, and the youngest individual on Fortune magazine's survey of 'The Fifty Biggest Mafia Bosses'" (Vanity Fair). His fascinating memoir offers one of the most penetrating, honest, and intelligent looks inside today's Mafia ever published, and explains how he did what nobody else has ever survived doing -- publicly quitting the Mob.

The son of a kingpin in New York's Colombo crime family, the smart, sophisticated Franzese was long considered an heir apparent to the family's vast power. He avoided the traditional Mafia domains -- vending machines, casinos, bookmaking -- in favor of the enormously lucrative edges of the legitimate business world. He masterminded brilliant scams, from auto dealerships to union kickbacks to a $150-million gasoline tax scheme, all with the help of ambitious tycoons and his own remarkable acumen. With all this money came a suitable life-style -- four houses (one costing over $4 million], a successful career as a movie producer, and highbrow tastes and values that won him the nickname "Yuppie Don." Suave and cagey, he was the consummate finagler. He earned millions in cash a week at his apex and used charm alone to keep the likes of John Gotti from encroaching on his operations. Though frequently indicted, he was never convicted of any crime until he met Cammy Garcia, a beautiful, born-again dancer in one of his films. He fell in love with her, doggedly pursued her, and eventually they married.

How she convinced him to take the rap on a tax-fraud charge, how he cut a one-of-a-kind deal with prosecutors that essentially made Uncle Sam his business partner, and how he has managed to openly leave the Mafia and live -- all these make Quitting the Mob truly absorbing reading.