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Joe Valachi, The First Mafioso to Sing to the Feds Mob Rats - Volume 1 by Joe Bruno

Joe Valachi, The First Mafioso to Sing to the Feds Mob Rats - Volume 1 by Joe Bruno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Knickerbocker Publishing

Mob Rats (#1)

This is my second of Joe Bruno's books and will certainly not be my last! It's been ages since I've read about the mafia, but it was an interest of mine at one time. I'd never heard of Joe Valachi and found this book riveting. Active from the twenties to early 60s when he was finally caught, Joe "Cargo" Valachi was a mobster in New York during the heydays of the big names. This is a short book, so not very in-depth, but gave me a good look at this man's life and insight into the underworld from a member's own point of view. Bruno relies on several sources but quotes Valachi himself extensively from his own memoirs, written while in prison. Joe Valachi, while certainly not admirable nor his actions condonable, does come across as a likable, genuine pers…

Best South Sea Stories edited by A. Grove Day

Best South Sea Stories edited by A. Grove Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published 1985 by Mutual Pub Co
(first published Australia, June 1964)

An incredible collection of stories set in the South Seas written by men who lived in and loved the area with a passion. The stories are, for the most part, written in the late 1800s/early 1900s by some of literature's all-time great writers. and contain first-hand knowledge whether presented in memoir or fictional manner. The only flaw with the collection is that the collections theme is so narrowed in topic that many of the plots are identical and this does become monotonous when taken as a whole. I read one story a day but did take a breather halfway through after the RLS novella to come back fresh with my mojo back in order.

A. Grove Day is a well-known name in Australia, and I used to have several school history texts of the nation written by him. Hr's an excellent editor and this collection is a fine…