CompellingThe Contradiction of a mad-dog criminal/good father used by Mario Puzo in The Godfather is even more effective here because Polisi is real and this story is true.Booklist
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Nick Taylor is a career non-fiction writer. He delights in finding characters and stories in real life that have the complexity and sweep of novels. He has authored or collaborated on nine books, including the best-selling John Glenn: A Memoir. His other subjects have included his parents, tournament bass fishing, the invention of the laser, and the mafia.From Library Journal:
To avoid a long prison term for selling cocaine, lifelong criminal Sal Polisi became an undercover informant. He helped convict a corrupt Queens, New York judge and testified against reputed Mafia boss John Gotti (who was acquitted). In return, Polisi, his wife, and two sons were given new identities under the Federal Witness Protection Program. In this account, journalist Taylor emphasizes the effects Polisi's actions had on his family. Half of the book consists of a first-person narrative attributed to teenage Sal Polisi Jr. While an interesting perspective, this device is a bit misleading since the author's prose makes the boy seem wise beyond his years and amazingly well adjusted. Some readers may find this account too uncritical, but it should attract an audience.-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis Bowker's Legal Publishing Preview invites you to join other legal professionals in reviewing new and forthcoming legal titles. Anyone interested in writing 500-700 word reviews or in submitting lead article proposals should contact M.C. Susan De Maio, Managing Editor, Legal Reference Publishing, R.R. Bowker, 245 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 or call 212-337-6995.
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