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- DescriptionFull of astonishment . . . a kind of dark wonder. --Pete Hamill This is the story of Vincent Louis Gigante, the Gevese Family crime overlord who ruled a sprawling criminal empire for a quarter century with an iron--and deadly--fist. Vinnie Chin Gigante displayed signs of insanity that stunned the public, stymied the police and the FBI, and secured his power for decades. Was he really crazy? Or crazy like a fox? Vincent Chin Gigante He started out as a professional boxer--until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, Chin, a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code--including a contract put out on Gambi family boss John Gotti. Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Gevese to run the Gevese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Gevese family, all while evading federal investigators. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to three hundred made men, extending from New York's Little Italy to the docks of Miami to the streets of Philadelphia--making the Gevese Family the most powerful in the U.S. And yet Vincent Chin Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. A serial psychiatric hospital outpatient, he wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers, sometimes adding a floppy cap to complete the ensemble. He urinated in public, played pichle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On twenty-two occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital--evading criminal prosecution while insuring his continued reign as The Oddfather. It took nearly thirty years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down. This is an American Mafia story unlike any other--a strange and shocking account of one man's rise to power that's as every bit as colorful and bizarre as the man himself. A great book about a great subject by a great writer . . . a tale for the ages . . . McShane recreates a world that has largely vanished, bringing it vibrantly alive . . . grabs you with the immediacy of a breaking news story and carries you along as if you were living it. --Michael Daly, New York Daily News A story that's long overdue. While John Gotti may have been the face of the American Mafia, Vincent Gigante was its heart and soul. McShane pull punches. A vivid picture of the last American gangster. --George Anastasia, bestselling author of Gotti's Rules The Untold Story Of America's Last Mafioso For three decades, Vincent The Chin Gigante ruled the torious Gevese crime family, raked in millions of dollars, and made headlines for his alleged bouts of insanity. Now--after thousands of pages of FBI and prison medical records have been declassified--his story can finally be told. . .
- Author BiographyNative New Yorker Larry McShane is a 35-year veteran city reporter, first with The Associated Press and currently with the New York Daily News. The Seton Hall University graduate was a two-time AP New York State Staffer of the Year, and received awards for both feature writing and breaking news coverage during his career. Chin is his second book.
- Author(s)Larry McShane
- PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication31/05/2016
- SubjectBiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKensington Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width163 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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