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“Beeler has written the raucous tale of a cocaine smuggler and incorrigible hedonist who paid for his adventures with life in prison—and would gladly have done it over again.” –Bruce Porter, author of the best-seller, Blow
“I’m no God damn rat! I’m a player. I’m a pirate. I’m a hedonist; and one hell of good smuggler, but I’m no rat! This is the true story of the events of my life. It involves arriving at the infamous Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas, participating in the island drug smuggling business, and the subsequent consequences that include stunning punishment for refusing to rat on my comrade in the courtroom.” –Jack Reed
Some of these stories are known, but still incite debate, such as the origins of his nickname and menacing facial scars. Other legends are not so well known to the general public. Luciano’s involvement with actress Thelma Todd and her untimely death is an example. Did he actually ever murder anyone? Then there are incidents such as the alleged carving of his initials into a witness’s thighs and the wild theories that abound following his death in 1962. These are just a few of the unusual tales that surfaced over and beyond Lucky Luciano’s lifetime.
Carl Russo’s The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is a seminal piece of work that manages to bridge the gap between John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra and Lonely Planet Sicily. The insights into The Mob are at once fascinating and lurid, made all the more appealing by the in-your-face reality of the many iconic images of the raw underbelly of Sicily.
“Carl Russo takes his readers deep into the heart of the Sicilian Mafia. A must see/read!” — David Amoruso, Gangsters Inc., the Web’s largest crime forum