The Good Rat: A True Story

Paperback | February 10, 2009

byJimmy Breslin

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In his inimitable New York voice, Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin gives us a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia—characters like John Gotti, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (named for his weapon of choice), and Jimmy "the Clam" Eppolito—interwoven with the remarkable true-crime saga of the good rat himself, Burt Kaplan of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the star witness in the recent trial of two NYPD detectives indicted for carrying out eight gangland executions. Through these unforgettable real-life and long-forgotten Mafia stories, Jimmy Breslin captures the moments in which the mob was made and broken.

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In his inimitable New York voice, Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin gives us a look through the keyhole at the people and places that define the Mafia—characters like John Gotti, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso (named for his weapon of choice), and Jimmy "the Clam" Eppolito—interwoven with the remarkable true-crime ...

Jimmy Breslin was born in Jamaica, Queens. He was awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. His bestselling and critically acclaimed books includeThe Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight;Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?;The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez; several anthologies; and the memoir,I Want to Thank My...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060856696

ISBN - 13:9780060856694

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“[Breslin’s] writing, like the Mafia itself, breezily transitions from humorous to horrifying.”