Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family

de Nicholas Pileggi (1986)




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This is a riveting account of organized crime as a way of life. The "wiseguy" (mob parlance for a street-level hoodlum) is Henry Hill, 30-year veteran of a Brooklyn strong-arm branch of the Luchese crime family, who turned against and helped convict his former associates five years ago and entered the Federal Witness Protection Program. Pileggi, a crime reporter for New York writing here with Hill's cooperation, does a superb job of re-creating the gangster's career, from his early days as an errand boy (at 12) to racketeer Paulie Vario in Brooklyn's BrownsvilleEast New York section, to his pivotal roles in a Boston College point-shaving scandal and the $6-million Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport in 1978. Hill's story becomes an extraordinary vantage on a demimonde that lives a high, violent, score-to-score life in which car theft, hijacking-to-order, credit-card scams, cigarette smuggling, and other hustles and schemes are as workaday as 9-to-5 at the office.

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2015 Editions Pocket Books

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 360 pages | ISBN : 9781439184219

1990 Editions Pocket Books

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 320 pages

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  • floflo79 Le 18 Juillet 2017 à 17:44
    Un bon livre, très fidèle au film (qui est génial). Le livre étant fait de témoignages, il est difficile de le considérer comme un "grand livre" (pas de style d'écriture particulier...) mais l'histoire qu'il raconte est prenante, et le film qui en est tiré l'est encore plus.

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