PRAISE FOR FRANK COSTELLO - A NOVEL:
"This book crackles with the same energy I felt when I prosecuted
real-life mobsters in New York—the cinematic personalities, the
whip-sharp dialogue, the humor, and the ever-present sense of menace.
Some mob books and movies are cartoonish, but not this one. Frank
Costello: A Novel is fiction, but it's also genuine, the real deal. It
could only be told by somebody who has studied the life and truly
understands all that it reveals about mobsters, and about ourselves." —
Elie Honig, CNN Senior Legal Analyst and author of Hatchet Man: How
Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice
"Frank Costello's raspy-voiced tale is rendered with unmitigable brio by Ron Fried in this deeply researched and evocative novel, which rivals E.L. Doctorow's masterpiece, Billy Bathgate. I cannot laud this book enough." — J. Michael Lennon, author, Norman Mailer: A Double Life
"A brilliant work of fiction by a man who knows the true story of the mob inside out." — Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd
"I loved this chilling, crackling yarn that feels like an inside job." — Robert Lipsyte, author and former New York Times columnist
"There is more truth about Costello in this historical novel than many 'nonfiction' histories of Cosa Nostra. A terrifically fun read for mob history aficionados." — Alex Hortis, author of The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York
ABOUT FRANK COSTELLO - A NOVEL:
In Frank Costello, A Novel, Fried weaves a historically accurate tale in Costello's imagined, bitter, streetwise voice. As Frank Costello looks back over his life as head of the most powerful crime family in America, he doesn't focus on the triumphs of his bootlegging empire, his nationwide gambling network, or his de facto control of Tammany Hall. Instead, Costello—the politically connected "Prime Minister of the Underworld"—remembers the lies he's told, the mistakes he's made, and his fateful decision to testify before the televised Kefauver hearings investigating organized crime in America.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ronald K. Fried is a writer and television producer. Fried is a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast where he's written about everything from Honoré de Balzac, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Martin Amis to Trump, boxing, and the Mafia. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Millions, and The Norman Mailer Review. He contributed a chapter to Norman Mailer in Context (Cambridge University Press).