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- DescriptionFirst published in September 2004, one of Barricade's best-selling true crime titles is coming back in print in paperback to coincide with the film release of To Kill The Irishman . With a new Introduction by the author, The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia is the fascinating chronicle of a once mighty crime family's birth, rise to power, and eventual collapse. The Cleveland crime family was third in power after New York City and Chicago, had influence with mega-mobsters like Meyer Lansky, and had a hand in the development of Las Vegas. Cleveland was also the site of the first kwn national meeting of the Sicilian-American Mafia that was hosted in 1928 by the author's grandfather and uncles-the torious Porrello brothers. Although Danny Greene, The Irishman, and La Cosa Nostra on the North Coast fall prey to this crime family, the central figure to The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia is Angelo Big Ange Lonardo. Big Ange boldly avenged his father's death in 1929, and then rose through the ranks to become acting boss of the Cleveland crime family. He would serve two years of a life sentence before shocking family, friends, fellow mobsters, and the law enforcement community by cutting a deal with the Feds. He betrayed Omerta-the Sicilian code of silence-and his testimony helped put away mob bosses in New York City and across the country, and he provided a valuable and detailed education into the criminal society kwn as the Mafia.
- Author BiographyRick Porrello is chief of a suburban Cleveland police department. He wrote The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia while researching the murders of his grandfather and three uncles-all Mafia leaders. Porrello is author of To Kill the Irishman, now a feature film starring Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken. Porrello is an accomplished jazz musician who traveled worldwide with the late Sammy Davis Jr., and he is host of the venerable organized crime history site: AmericanMafia.com.
- Author(s)Rick Porello
- PublisherBarricade Books Inc
- Date of Publication01/05/2005
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationFort Lee
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBarricade Books Inc
- Content Note36
- Weight372 g
- Width155 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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