* Chain-smoking Mickey Fists isn't sure if he's an "addict" or an "attic." * The Freemont Avenue Social Club is on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. So are the best wiretaps FBI money can buy. * Skinny Al weighed 320 pounds and lived life to the fullest...until someone burned out his eardrums and shot his body full of holes. Hundreds of writers have tried to capture life inside the mob, but no one has ever had the inside access to write a book like this one. Drawing on the firsthand experience of former undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone-aka Donnie Brasco-as well as former Mafia prince Bill Bonanno, The Good Guys straddles both sides of the law, races relentlessly through the New York City underworld, and crackles with characters and moments so vivid they will never let you go. At Columbia University, a professor of Russian literature has gone missing. A few miles and light-years away, Little Eddie LaRocca and Bobby San Filippo are on the move-dealing in everything from hot-sheet hotels to bootleg Fuji film. When the hoods are sent to find the professor, they find out that someone else is looking, too. Beautiful FBI agent Laura Russo is making her preppy partner's head spin. She knows the missing man is important-and somehow connected to a recent mob hit. While Eddie and Bobby are fighting their way through ugly deeds and pretty coeds, these feds will cook up some business of their own, turning a little disagreement among criminals into an all-out war... Capturing the organized crime world of the go-go '80s, Pistone and Bonanno's one-of-a-kind collaboration is bad to the bone-and as marvelously authentic as it gets.
A real-life goodfella collaborating on a fictional thriller about organized crime with the undercover cop who spent six years penetrating the goodfella's family? Fuhgeddaboudit! But that's precisely what we've got here: ex-mob boss Bill Bonanno, son of the legendary Joe Bonanno (shades of Marlon Brando in The Godfather), and former FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco) are linked together as the unlikeliest of odd couples (a la Hatfield and McCoy). The fruit of their labor, however, turns out to be the very model of a high-octane page-turner, the kind so often promised and so infrequently delivered. It's the characters, reader-people you may not like but whose reality you'll hesitate to doubt and whose vagaries won't bore you even for a New York minute. On law enforcement's side are Laura Russo and Connor O'Brien, young and savvy FBI agents. Dedicated as all get-out they are, but they may be falling in love, a condition they entertainingly struggle against. A matter of professionalism. On the Mafioso side is that elegant wiseguy Bobby (Blue Eyes) San Filippo, smart enough to have been a successful whatever were he not-and he knows it-"an excitement junkie." Russo and O'Brien are part of an FBI surveillance team concerned with the unsavory doings of the Freemont Avenue Social club, which has been thoroughly bugged. Surprisingly, events soon involve the disappearance of a Columbia University Slavic Studies professor, which in turn signals the appearance of new hoods in the 'hood, the Russian wiseguys. Bobby Blue Eyes hates them bitterly, with cause, while Russo and O'Brien have their own Russian ax to grind. A temporary alliance leads to a denouement in the O.K. Corral tradition, though buckets bloodier. Bonanno and Pistone: a pairing made in bookseller heaven. (Kirkus Reviews)