The Life of Little Al D'Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the MafiaBook - 2015
After he escaped an assassination attempt, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the top boss of the Luchese crime family, became the highest-ranking mobster to turn government witness, which resulted in the imprisonment of more than 50 mobsters, in this riveting biography that examines the Mafia in New York City. Reprint.
"Little Al D'Arco was the quintessential wiseguy-and the mob's worst nightmare...A compelling book about the rise and decline of the American Mafia."-Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His testimony sent more than fifty Mafiosos to prison-and prompted many others to do the same, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano-and altered the course of New York's mob scene forever.
"Fascinating." -The Village Voice
In Mob Boss, two award-winning news reporters offer an unparalleled account of D'Arco's life and the New York mob scene that he embraced for four decades. Until the day he switched sides, D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up in Brooklyn and fine-tuned on the mean streets of Little Italy. But when he learned he was marked to be whacked, D'Arco quit the mob. His defection decimated his crime family and opened a window on a century's worth of mob secrets-many of which are published in this riveting account for the very first time.
After he escaped an assassination attempt, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the acting boss of the Luchese crime family, became the highest-ranking mobster to turn government witness, which resulted in the imprisonment of more than fifty mobsters.