The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

Gerard O'Neill, Author, Richard Lehr, Author St. Martin's Press $17.95 (281p) ISBN 978-0-312-02619-6
The undoing of a Mafia underboss related with underdone flair or tension, this picks up momentum halfway through with the re-creation of the FBI's bugging surveillance, Operation Bostar, conducted in 1981 in Boston's ethnic North End, where Gennaro J. Angiulo's bookmaking operation was headquartered. Case agent was Edward Quinn, romanticized by the authors, reporters at the Boston Globe , to heroism. Still, the tale is not without a measure of real valor, especially given the ennui endured by the agents monitoring 850 hours of often boring, frequently garbled tape recordingstedium that caused them all to gain weight from gobbling donuts. An interesting aspect of the case proves to be the successful prosecution of Angiulo under the challenged federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Actby which he was ultimately convicted. And when he has served his 45-year term, there is a mandatory life sentence awaiting him for his conviction for accessory to murder. Photos. ( Feb.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-312-91731-9
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