Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire

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Seldom has the netherworld of the mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Like the classics of the genre-from The Godfather to The French Connection to Wise Guy-Takedown leads us to the inner ring of a conspiracy of corruption and terror that held the city in its grip for nearly fifty years.

Rick Cowan was a young NYPD detective in 1992 when he dropped by a Brooklyn waterfront warehouse to investigate a recent fire bombing-only one in a string of interviews he considered routine. But what he found there was far from routine, for it would take him on a five-year odyssey and nearly cost him his life. In fact, he had stumbled upon the lead of a lifetime-the suspicion that he might unearth the hard evidence police and federal agencies alike had been chasing for decades: the proof of collusion among the mob families to extort billions from the nation's most influential corporations that call New York their home.

Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered-and murdered-at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of the season.

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Rick Cowan is a twenty-year veteran of the New York Police Department, where he remains on active duty as Detective First-Grade. His undercover role in Operation Wasteland earned him a personal promotion from then Police Commissioner William Bratton.

Douglas Century is a contributing writer for The New York Times whose work has appeared in numerous other national publications.

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A New York cop goes undercover to expose the Mafia's control of the city's trash collection. Always under the threat of being discovered, the author nearly loses his life. At one point, a recording device in his underwear heats up and almost cooks him before he can get it out. Narrator Christopher Meloni, of TV's "Law and Order," talks so much like a New York cop and the criminals he deals with that it's hard to believe he isn't one of them. The profanity may wilt the ears of the delicate but makes the portrayal of the thugs believable and compelling. J.A.H. 2003 Audie Award Finalist AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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