At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. "Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities-from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder. The result was a string of busts and a quarter-million-dollar contract put out on his life.
Making Jack Falcone tells the incredible true story of Garcia's audacious attempt to become only the second agent (after "Donnie Brasco") to become a made man in the Mafia. Readers will join Garcia as he attends "Mob School," an intensive course of study designed to teach him everything he needs to know about the Mafia, its operations, and its attitudes. An unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the FBI, the book also pulls no punches as Garcia reveals how sometimes the agency ran smoothly and criminals were collared according to plan, while other times tempers flared over the progess of cases.
A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, Making Jack Falcone sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalleled grip on the American popular imagination.
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We watched the Jack Garcia interview on "60 Minutes" a few weeks back. My wife bought the book, and blistered through it. I bought the audio version. The story is compelling, complex, sad and patriotic. The work Jack did as an undercover FBI agent, and the effort he put into becoming an agent was inspirational. I liked the Brooklyn accent, and the other voice characterization used to depict the characters by the narrator. Most may think this is about his work infiltrating the Gambino Family. Hardly: it covers the highlights of his undercover work in the FBI, at times juggling several cases while working the Gambino case. Keeping all his personalities straight, and not being exposed especially for a person of his size, was remarkable. My favorite passage: the Thailand smugglers/wedding bust. Sadly, the book ended leaving me wanting follow-on stories!
They decribe this book wrong.......It's made to sound like a mafia book about the GAMBINO'S when 70% of the book is about other investigations that have nothing to do with the MAFIA!!!!! On that his undercover work as a high jacking/drug dealing thug were interesting.
The narrator of this audiobook has the most ear-splitting, over-the-top, horrendous NY accent I have ever heard-- and I lived in the city for five years. His melodramatic overacting is the stuff of bad community theatre. The book itself is akin to cops telling old stories in a bar-- not bad, but not about to set the literary world abuzz.