Mob Nemesis

Mob Nemesis

How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
While J. Edgar Hoover was denying that there was such a thing as organized crime, in the forties, fifties, and sixties the mob was busy forming powerful syndicates in many northeastern cities. This book tells the fascinating, first-hand story of how FBI Special Agent Joe Griffin, with the help of a team of courageous professionals, succeeded through dogged determination and uncanny street smarts to convict major La Cosa Nostra leaders in Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, and Youngstown.

Forget Hollywood's version of the mafia; this is the real inside story from a man who observed the day-by-day behavior of these "instinctual killers" and for whom "it was a matter of principle to destroy them." FBI Medal of Valor recipient Joe Griffin, with the help of writer/researcher Don DeNevi, provides intimate details of mob intrigue, drug deals, gambling rings, hits, bloody gangland wars, and even a plot to plant a "mole" in the Cleveland FBI office.

All the more fascinating because it's true, Mob Nemesis is an engrossing story of the underworld from a man who took them on and won.

Baker & Taylor
A former FBI Special Agent and Medal of Valor recipient relates his experiences fighting the mob wars of the 1960s and 1970s in New York and Ohio, investigating organized crime connections to loan-sharking, prositituion, gambling, and drug-related murders.

Book News
Griffin (former FBI Special Agent in Charge) and DeNevi (criminal justice, San Francisco State University) provide a first-hand account of the FBI's efforts to put the mob out of business in Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, and Youngstown, and the successful convictions that resulted. In the process they describe mob intrigue, drug deals, gambling rings, hits, gangland rivalries, and a plot to infiltrate the FBI. Sixteen pages of mug shots and surveillance photos accompany the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2002
ISBN: 9781573929196
Branch Call Number: 364.106 GRI
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: DeNevi, Don 1937-


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