By Joseph F. O'Brien, Andris Kurins

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Paul Castellano headed New York's immensely robust Gambino crime kin for greater than ten years. On December sixteen, 1985, he was once gunned down in a miraculous taking pictures on Manhattan's stylish East facet.

At the time of his demise, Paul Castellano used to be lower than indictment. So have been many of the significant Mafia figures in ny. Why? simply because in 1983 the FBI had hidden a microphone within the kitchen of Castellano's Staten Island mansion. The six hundred hours of recorndings ended in 8 felony trials. And this book.

Agents Joe O'Brien and Andris Kurins planted that mike. They listened to the voices. Now they create you the main revealing glance contained in the Mafia ever ... within the Mafia's personal phrases.

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Kurins pressed. "I mean, " they're not supposed to talk to agents, sure. But look, they'll be surprised that we're even tr>dng to talk to them. They'll be curious about what we want. " Like Andy Kurins, he was a veteran of the Bureau's Foreign Counter-intelligence division. He'd tracked spies up and down the glittering avenues that fanned out from the UN. In that line of work, actually talking to a suspect was considered an enormous ance to do it, luxurv'. One needed State Department clear- touchy diplomat even, or especially, if the smug bastard was a spy could trigger an international incident.

He dispensed no-show jobs in tlie garment district, through an "industry association" that manufacturers felt well advised to join and bankioll. In the building trades, Castellano's influence was reflected in New York's having the though it — — BOSS OF BOSSES 29 highest construction costs in the country; cement, especially, came with a hefty surcharge. Restaurants and hotels were avid to rent their linens from companies under the Castellano umbrella, and to have their trash carted away by private sanitation companies that had long been a profit center for the Mob.

Suddenly oblivious to his image, he slammed them down on the table in front of him. "Andy, man, shit," he said. "I don't need this aggravation. I'm a sick man. Look at all this fricldng shit I gotta take. "This is the lithium, he went on, picking up a bottle that had fallen on its side and rolled across the table. "This is so I don't go fucking nuts and start handing out hundreddollar bills outside the Midtown Tunnel. This one here is for my lungs. They fill up with water every time I lay down, and when I try to breathe, it's like I'm fricldng drowning.

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