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Chin : The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante (Hardcover) (Larry McShane)

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“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“Full of astonishment . . . a kind of dark wonder.”—Pete HamillThis is the story of Vincent Louis Gigante, the Genovese 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, “The 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 Gambino family boss John Gotti. Vincent Gingante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genevese 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 Genovese Family the most powerful in the U.S. And yet Vincent “The 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 ****** in public, played pinochle 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.
Number of Pages: 3148.0
Genre: True Crime, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Criminals + Outlaws, Organized Crime, Murder / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Author: Larry McShane
Language: English
Street Date: May 31, 2016
TCIN: 50862379
UPC: 9781617739217
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-2423

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