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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Carlo, Alan Sklar Narrator: Alan Skla Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, former head of the Lucchese family, is currently serving thirteen life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado. Now, he has given bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. Casso concocted ingenious schemes to hijack trucks, rob banks, and traffic vast quantities of marijuana and heroin—shattering the myth that the Mafia didn’t handle drugs. He also worked with the other Mafia families and forged strong ties with the Russian mob. He was bringing in so much cash that he had dozens of large safety deposit boxes filled with bricks of hundred-dollar bills. But there was tragedy, too, and it ate away at the seemingly bulletproof Casso, who loved his family but ultimately questioned his choices in life. The law finally caught up with him in his New Jersey safe house in 1993 and, rather than stoically face the music like the old-time mafiosi he revered, Casso became the thing he hated—a rat. Detailing Casso’s feud with John Gotti, the “Windows Case” that led to the beginning of the end for the mob in New York, and Casso’s dealings with the NYPD Mafia cops, Gaspipe is a chilling and illuminating roller-coaster ride into a netherworld few outsiders have ever dared to enter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carlo’s book is filled with never-known-before details. He did his homework and wrote a very compelling true crime tale.”


  • “And if your Sopranos addiction shows no signs of abating, check out Philip Carlo’s Gaspipe.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This powerful story is required reading for anyone with a yen for the Mafia, the criminal underworld and a law enforcement system struggling to keep up.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Carlo has the real goods…the inside information about the lifestyle, rituals, killings and betrayals is priceless. An authoritative look at a once-rampant predator now at bay.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " h my god, I am still unsure why I read this the whole way through. It was awful - repetitious, filled with bad attempts at street language, and a narrative that kept tripping over itself. Maybe it would have worked better if it was a novella, because with the number of times that certain facts were repeated over and over again makes me think that there simply wasn't enough material there to make an entire book. And man, some of the assumptions he makes to try to fill in the characters of the people he is writing about - even going as far as saying what they felt as they died. What? Wait - is this fiction or non-fiction? Does Carlo even know? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clint Mccoy | 1/18/2014

    " Very interesting read. For people who like true crime and have an interest in cosa nostra.. I would recommend reading this. But Carlo did tend to repeat himself (and came off as a huge wannabe kissass)... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emma Pearce | 12/15/2013

    " I have also read ice man and find these tyoes of true storys very interesting. What i particulaly like about phillip carlo is that he tells these true stories just like a fiction novel.Sometimes i would forget that i was even realding a true story. Enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Graham Harvey | 11/28/2013

    " If you only have time and/or plans to read one Mafia book in your life, this is the one to choose. "

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About the Author

Philip Carlo (1949–2010) was the bestselling author of Gaspipe, The Butcher, and The Night Stalker, which chronicles the brutal career of serial killer Richard Ramirez. Carlo grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, amidst the world’s highest concentration of Mafia members. When he was sixteen, he was shot in the head in a gang war, and while recuperating, he read voraciously, discovering the magic of books for the first time. His intimate knowledge of Mafia culture—their walk and their talk—helped him become a successful crime writer. He died in 2010 from ALS.