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Deal with the Devil

The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

About the Book

In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy Award–winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on three decades of once-secret FBI files to tell the definitive story of Greg Scarpa Sr., a Mafia capo who “stopped counting” after fifty murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon FBI informant.

Lance traces Scarpa’s shadowy relationship with the FBI all the way back to 1960, when his debriefings went straight to J. Edgar Hoover. In forty-two years of murder and racketeering, Scarpa served only thirty days in jail thanks to his secret relationship with the Feds.
 
This is the untold story that will rewrite Mafia history as we know it —a page-turning work of journalism that reads like a Scorsese film. Deal with the Devil includes more than 130 illustrations, crime scene photos, and never-before-seen FBI documents.

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Critical Praise

Deal with the Devil is a blistering account of a cunning and brutal Mafia capo. . . Packed with revelations, it offers the most penetrating look into the inner workings of the Mafia since The Valachi Papers.” —Nicholas Gage

“[A] thrilling account. . . This scrupulously investigated tale. . . will have true crime fans on the edge of their seats —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A meticulously researched and frightening account of the long term relationship between the FBI and vicious Mafia thug Gregory Scarpa Sr. . . Stunning revelations.”” —Booklist

“An exhaustive examination into the life and crimes of Mafia capo Gregory Scarpa Sr. and his questionable decades long relationship with the FBI. . . extensively researched. . .Aficionados of Mafia history and those concerned with FBI corruption will find this thorough investigation satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The perfect mix of thorough research and gripping storytelling.” —NPR

“An impressive piece of work. . . This is a book that has true potential to change history.” —Crimespree Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061455360
  • ISBN 10: 0061455369
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 07/01/2014
  • Pages: 672
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
  • BISAC2: TRUE CRIME / General
  • BISAC3: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws

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