Introduction – By Mathew J. Mari:
I have been a criminal defense lawyer in New York City for 34 years, specializing in organized crime cases. Like Joe Bruno, I was born in New York City’s Little Italy. Also, like Joe Bruno, I lived in Knickerbocker Village for more than three decades. Our neighborhood was filled with unforgettable characters, most of whom were criminals, and many of whom were in the Mafia. Joe got to meet and see many famous criminals during his years in Little Italy (in the 6th Ward), and in Knickerbocker Village (in the 4th Ward). It is no surprise to me that Joe was fascinated not only with the mafia characters, but with the entire history of Lower Manhattan, and New York City in general.
Joe Bruno’s book, “ Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1- New York City” is a composite of characters and events, that weaves the denizens of New York City’s underworld with the rich history of New York City, from the early 1800’s, through the early 1900’s. Although Italian-American criminals are covered, this is not just another Italian mafia book. The book covers the Jewish gangsters as well (who truly were the pioneers of organized crime) and the Irish gangs, who were one of the first ethnic groups to run the New York City rackets. Joe even presents a few “lady gangsters” too.
Most of all, “ Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1- New York City” is easy to read. The short-chapter format is a stroke of genius. It is interesting, informative, entertaining, and to the point. You won’t be bored reading it.
Joe Bruno has hit the mark in presenting Old New York the way it really was. Rough and bloody!
From the reviewers:
This author captured some of the bigger names in criminal history. The book is well-written and for over 200 pages, it’s worth a lot more than 99 cents. If you’re a true crime reader, you will enjoy the stories of mobsters, gangs, outlaws, creeps, crimes and criminals. A brilliant book to add to my collection. – R.J. Parker
This was a great informative book. Joe Bruno gives a crook by crook account of many gangsters & creeks dating back to the 1800’s. The book mostly covers the lower east side on Manhattan but in does branch out to other areas of the city. Sure he covers the big names like Capone (you may associate Capone with Chicago but he did get his start in NY) & Luciano, but he also covers creeps you never heard of. Besides the gangsters he also covers crooked mayors police chiefs, commissioners and other politicians who in many cases were worst than the gangsters. – Enrico Maruffi
If you’re a mobster fan, this is the book for you. There are dozens of short bios on mobsters, gangs, riots and natural disasters, some of which I never head of before. – Desmond Gill
A Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Navy, Joseph J. Bruno started out in the newspaper business in the mid 1970s as a sports columnist for the New York Tribune. During the 70s and 80s, Bruno was an associate editor for Boxing Illustrated and monthly contributor to Ring Magazine. In 1986-1987, Bruno wrote a sports column for the Times Herald Record in Middletown, New York.
Bruno’s articles have also appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Razor Magazine, Boxing Today, Boxing World, International Boxing Digest, Referee Magazine and Inside Boxing.
Bruno was elected Vice President of the Boxing Writers of America from 1982-86, and Vice President of the International Boxing Writers from 1980-89.
In 1986, Bruno received an award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism” from Ring #8, and in 1987 the “Best Boxing Writer Award” from the American Association For the Improvement of Boxing.
In 1997-98 Bruno was sports director and host of “In the Know With Jolting Joe” on WQSA 1220 in Sarasota, Florida.
Visit Joe Bruno’s website at: josephbrunowriter.com – or at mobstersgangs.com
And here, in the comfort of your own browser, is your free sample of Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City by Joe Bruno: