The Valachi Papers Author:Peter Maas If Joe Valachi were released from prison today, he would be dead in 24 hours...And the Cosa Nostra would pay his killer $100,000! Joe Valachi was one of the Mafia's most loyal soldiers. For more than thiry years he survived in an organization where failure means death. His career encompassed burglary, slot machines, shylocking, numbers, narco... more »tics and, according to Justice Department estimates, 33 murders!« less
Since "The Godfather" came on screen I have been interested in the Mafia. This book is the true story of Joe Valachi written from interviews and police notes. I found it very interesting and all of the big names such as Genovese, Luciano, Gambino, Capone just to name a few.