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Family Secrets

The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob
By: Jeff Coen
Narrated by: Matthew Boston
Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Even in Chicago, a city steeped in mob history and legend, the Family Secrets case was a true spectacle when it made it to court in 2007. A top mob boss, a reputed consigliere, and other high-profile members of the Chicago Outfit were accused in a total of 18 gangland killings, revealing organized crime's ruthless grip on the city throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Painting a vivid picture of murder, courtroom drama, family loyalties and disloyalties, journalist Jeff Coen accurately portrays the Chicago Outfit's cold-blooded - and sometimes incompetent - killers and their crimes in the case that brought them down. In 1998 Frank Calabrese Jr. volunteered to wear a wire to gather evidence against his father, a vicious loan shark who strangled most of his victims with a rope before slitting their throats to ensure they were dead. Frank Jr. went after his uncle Nick as well, a calculating but sometimes bumbling hit man who would become one of the highest-ranking turncoats in mob history, admitting he helped strangle, stab, shoot, and bomb victims who got in the mob's way, and turning evidence against his brother Frank.

©2009 Jeff Coen (P)2017 Tantor

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"[A] revealing, shocking book . . . superbly crafted." ( Publishers Weekly)
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  • Esha
  • 08-07-19

“You Do It”

Great true crime story. The performance is the best part. You literally feel your there at the trial of Joey the Clown, Jimmy Marcelo, & Frank Calabrese Sr. I’ve listened to it 3-4 times.

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  • Leslee Beyers
  • 10-01-19

I wouldn't......

This is hard to listen to, between the narrator and the story, it just doesn't hold ones attention.

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  • Don
  • 16-06-18

good story tons of detail

good read holds your attention even though its full of detail it doesn't get boring.

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  • Michael Riismandel
  • 21-09-18

What a bore!

The book is way too verbose with trivial details. I wouldn’t read this again if a gun was held to my head.

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  • Jeffery D. Giuliani
  • 22-01-18

Not very good at all.

Would you try another book from Jeff Coen and/or Matthew Boston?

If your big into mafia and audio-books, you will hate this book. First, it sounds like a 1970-80's read. Second, the narrator is awful. But if you can get past that, the data it conveys is interesting. They go into a lot of nonsense that doesn't need to be in the book and duplicate things unnecessarily.

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  • Hi
  • 04-08-18

great book fuck cops

to bad the cops are scum bags. the mafia you know what your getting but a shitty FBI OR COP. there is no end.