A former hitman's candid account of forty-five years in organized crime includes detailed anecdotes about life in the underworld and provides answers to many unsolved crimes
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Donald Frankos, aka "Tony the Greek," was a contract killer for the Mafia and at various times was also a pimp, drug dealer, burglar and loanshark. His story forms the basis of the most significant true crime book in memory, for Frankos gives details here of such events as the 1957 shooting of Albert Anastasia, the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Incorporated, and the 1972 robbery of the Hotel Pierre in Manhattan, which may have netted as much as $25 million. Most intriguing are his revelations about the murder of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. Frankos claims to have been on the hit team and to have dismembered the corpse with a chainsaw and a meat cleaver. Hoffa's body parts in plastic bags were purportedly buried in cement at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A man whose only regret is that he became "a rat," Frankos is at his most vivid in recalling the horror of prison life. Hoffman ( Unholy Matrimony ) and the late Headley, a Las Vegas private eye, have told the story effectively, but why Frankos is not credited as one of the authors is a puzzlement. Photos not seen by PW. 125,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos says he killed Jimmy Hoffa and knows where the body is buried. Now in prison, he casually confesses to scores of murders, although only a few are detailed here. His story is told as a first-person narrative, a style that tends to encourage the reader's empathy. Frankos does not deserve it, but his tale is nonetheless chilling and revealing. Hoffman and private investigator Headley say they verified Frankos's allegations, the most startling being that he bribed prison officials to grant him illegal "furloughs" and used the time to carry out "hits." Essential reading for organized crime buffs, and there may be a wider appeal with the recent release of the movie Hoffa. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/92.
- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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