a GREAT and hilarious book about the Philadelphia mob wars in 1993-94
that featured the unsuccessful attempts of old-world
Sicilian gumbah John Stanfa trying to consolidate
his hold on the Philly/South Jersey mob against upstart
street punk "Skinny Joey" Merlino. Stanfa like Gotti had too
many snitches in his midst, and despite having
bigger crews and the tacit support of the NY
families, he's now reposing in prison and will not see freedom in
"It's amazing how stupid the Stanfa faction of
the mob was. They botched more hits...
It was like recruiting hitmen from the dregs
of NY's rummy bar scene."