How the FBI Broke the Mob
Baker & Taylor
An award-winning reporter and author tells the inside story of how a special team of FBI agents cracked the case against "Teflon Don" John Gotti, using high-tech bugs and informants like Sammy "the Bull" Gravano. Tour.
Blackwell North Amer
In Gangland, bestselling author and prize-winning journalist Howard Blum tells the riveting and suspenseful story of the FBI's C-16 Organized Crime squad, a group of modern-day Untouchables who waged a grim six-year battle to bring down this generation's Al Capone - John Gotti.
Gangland is a true-life drama as complex and compelling as any fictional detective story - the cat-and-mouse chase that trapped the cocky crime lord who was convinced he was beyond the law. Gotti's trump cards: a gang of ruthless henchmen eager to execute his enemies - and a mole in law enforcement, a one-legged detective known as "the Baker" whose inside information enabled the Don to get away - literally - with murder. But arrayed against Gotti were FBI agents, men of courage, ingenuity, and daring, whose difficult mission became in time an obsession; two women, "Easter" and "the Looker," mob girlfriends brave and resourceful enough to collect incriminating secrets; and Sammy "Bull" Gravano, Gotti's hitman and second-in-command, who, to the surprise of both sides in the battle, was skillfully pressured into turning against his Don.
Gangland is the story behind the headlines, a book whose startling revelations will make even more headlines. Drawing on his unprecedented access to FBI records and to the FBI agents themselves, Blum goes behind the scenes in the back rooms of the mob and the squad rooms of the FBI to reveal precisely how Gotti's headquarters was bugged, how informants were turned, and how the mole was brought to light. It is a story of small victories and major setbacks, of bureaucratic bungling and bitter interagency rivalries that prolonged Gotti's reign of terror, and of the patience and persistence that finally toppled him from his throne: a man trapped by his own words.
Writing with the sharp eye of a seasoned investigative reporter and the narrative skills of a superb storyteller, Blum describes in vivid detail every move and countermove in the secret war to corner and capture Gotti and his mob cohorts. A fascinating account of the personalities, the motives, and the ruthless machinations on both sides of this classic confrontation between good and evil, Gangland itself will become a classic.
Reveals the inside story of how a special team of FBI agents used high-tech bugs and informants to crack the case against John Gotti
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993
349 p. ; 24 cm