Review: The Big Heist by Anthony M. DeStefano

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Publisher: Citadel Press (June 27, 2018)

From One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of Mafia legend--and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of eighty-year-old Mafia don Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist. This blistering you-are-there account takes you behind the headlines and inside the ranks of America's infamous crime families--with never-before-told stories, late-breaking news, and bombshell revelations.

An invaluable addition to any crime library, this is the most complete, thorough, and up-to-date account of the Lufthansa heist currently available. Pulitzer-Prize winner Anthony DeStefano draws from his years of experience reporting on the mob for New York Newsday--as well as his firsthand coverage of the Asaro indictment and attendance at the trial--to expose the all-too-human heart of organized crime in America. The Big Heist is thrilling, shocking, and impossible to put down. 


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I have been fascinated with mobsters and the Lufthansa heist for as long as I can remember, so when I saw there was going to be a need book published with never-before-heard details, I had to have it! 

The Big Heist definitely does not disappoint. While it does touch on some of the aspects already known from other books and movies about the time period, the author uses those points to introduce the new information in a way that not only blends together seamlessly, but also adds a new depth to the story as you know it. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who have an interest in mobsters, and especially the ones that took part in the Lufthansa heist.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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