Wise Guys: Stories of Mobsters from Jersey to Vegas
. Da Capo Press, $17.95 (364pp) ISBN 978-1-56025-498-0
This is the newest gunland anthology by Willis, who also edited Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime and NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat. A combination of fiction and nonfiction, this collection includes mobsters from all walks of life. From her 1992 book, Chinatown, Gwen Kinkead contributes a chapter on Chinese gangs, known as tongs; in""Blood Brothers,"" John Sedgwick details the lives of two Boston criminal brothers, Billy and Whitey Bulger. Richard Ben Cramer reprints his 1993 Esquire piece,""Men of Honor,"" about Italian judge Giovanni Falcone, who battled with the Mafia in Sicily and was assassinated in 1992. Willis brings in the heavy hitters as well, with selections from Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy, Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain's Gotti: Rise and Fall and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Of particular interest are two first-person confessions from a work called Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer, written by Joey, with David Fisher.
Reviewed on: 05/26/2003