Gleeson’s book...is a useful reminder, especially for Mafia romanticizers, that we’re dealing with sociopathic knuckle scrapers who settle scores with casual brutality ... Gleeson...is an able storyteller, though readers may find themselves flailing now and then in the dense weeds of who’s who and who did what. Maybe this is hard to avoid, given that the writer lists at the get-go the vast array of wiseguys, lawyers, investigators and politicians ... There is the stray ugh-inducing phrase...and at least one wince-inducing error ... But the imperfections are more than offset by keen insights and neat turns of phrase.
Readers may be daunted by the four-page cast of characters, but Gleeson’s writing is so compelling and organized that the list of names is almost unnecessary. He leaves almost nothing out and unabashedly admits his own missteps along the way. Gleeson has crafted this retelling as carefully as he prepped the two cases ... Do we need yet another book on Gotti? Gleeson answers the question with a resounding yes.
Exceptional ... Gleeson pulls back the curtain to reveal intriguing information previously not made public, including his daring and risky choice not to inform his superiors of his negotiations with Gravano, out of fear that the U.S. Attorney might accidentally disclose that sensitive development. This is a must-read for anyone interested in organized crime.