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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 Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400177110
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Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than fifty murders. Currently serving thirteen life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. By pure happenstance, Casso had lived next door to the family of young Philip Carlo, who was able to get into the mind, heart, and soul of one of the most cunning, ruthless mob bosses in the annals of crime history. In Gaspipe, Casso reveals the shocking details behind headline-making crimes and crime figures, such as: -The mob's decision that John Gotti had to be taken out after whacking Big Paul Castellano without approval-and how Casso got the order to hit Gotti -A fly-on-the-wall view of the Mafia commission sit-down at which John Gotti was made capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses -The insidious relationship between La Cosa Nostra and the Russian Mafia, and how the Lucchese family murdered the most-feared assassin in the Russian mob -Details of secret sit-downs with mob bosses Vincent "The Chin" Gigante and John Gotti, and the notorious Sammy "The Bull" Gravano -How Gravano made fools of the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI -The real story of the Mafia Cops and the revelations of other law enforcement personnel on Casso's payroll -How the Mafia managed to get a tight stranglehold on most unions in America -The truth behind the Mafia's real role in bringing huge amounts of narcotics into the United States -How federal prison officials were bought and sold by the Mafia -The intimate details of the women behind the Mafiosi -The truth behind the assassinations of JFK and RFK -Who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and where his body is -Why J. Edgar Hoover protected the Mafia Chilling and illuminating, unvarnished and entertaining, Gaspipe is a roller-coaster ride into a world few outsiders have ever dared to enter. Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    CNN

  • The inside information about the lifestyle, rituals, killings and betrayals is priceless. Kirkus
  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/4/2013

    " Excellent read. A great mafia story and really well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Venture | 10/18/2013

    " This book was so intriguing and well written, however quite vulgar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Bedell | 10/17/2013

    " Don't f**k with Gaspipe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Staud | 1/15/2013

    " Mob Boss turned rat. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BilieS | 12/10/2012

    " the book sounds better than in the real life; i think gaspipe was not only stupid to not secure a good deal but he was stupid as in s.t.u.p.i.d. second part of the book is slow and repeting itself every 5 pages! (anthony casso) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marthese Briffa | 10/11/2012

    " A good book if you like reading crime books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsmannix | 6/3/2012

    " gotta love Philip Carlo. he hasn't written a bad book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 10/1/2011

    " Pretty weak. How can you screw up with such interesting subject matter? I think this might have been my favorite book ever if I was still 14 years old. The author doesn't really try to hide his man-crush on Anthony Casso and it gets pretty old. Some of the writing is just painfully amateur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/10/2011

    " Very interesting -- so sensational that it almost seems like fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K | 3/31/2011

    " The narrative is all over the place and the author tries really hard to evoke sympathy for Gaspipe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/16/2011

    " Excellent read. A great mafia story and really well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 11/2/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marthese | 10/17/2009

    " A good book if you like reading crime books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 6/4/2009

    " 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)... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/28/2009

    " Very interesting -- so sensational that it almost seems like fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 8/14/2008

    " Pretty weak. How can you screw up with such interesting subject matter? I think this might have been my favorite book ever if I was still 14 years old. The author doesn't really try to hide his man-crush on Anthony Casso and it gets pretty old. Some of the writing is just painfully amateur. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.