October 26, 2013: My first New York
City book signing will take place at the Bay Plaza Barnes & Noble store in the Bronx on November 7, 2013, at 6:30P.M.
Follow this link for directions and details: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2979.
There will be discussion of the life and times of Vincent "Vinny
Gorgeous" Basciano. I will also sign copies of the book. Come on down--or up as the case may be!
10, 2013: Joseph Massino got his reward for turning into a cooperating witness when Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn
federal court freed him Wednesday from two life prison sentences. Citing Massino's cooperation and the efforts he made
in testifying against Vincent Basciano and others, Garaufis said freeing Massino, who admitted killing 12 people as a mobster,
was the right thing to do for public policy and to encourage others to cooperate. Massino looked obese and walked with
a shuffling waddle as he came into and out of court. He said that he prayed everynight for his victims and their families.
The government will take about 60 days to sort out Massino's security as he begins life in the witness protection program.
It is doubtful that Massino's family will join him in a new location, although he now can see his wife, children and grandchildren
easier now that he will be out of custody. Massino testified in 2011 against Basciano, who was convicted and given a
life prison term as spelled out in the new book "Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of A New York Mobster."
May 24, 2013:
first review for "Vinny Gorgeous" appeared in Publishers Weekly and it was a good one! The Bible of the publishing
industry called the book a "dark, informed and effective bio." They credited me for being able to cut through the
secrecy of the Mafia in writing it.
December 29, 2012:
Above is cover of my upcoming book "Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of A New York Mobster,"
to be published in late Spring, early Summer 2013 by Lyons Press. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com and
other sites. It is the first full length treatment in a book of the way Joseph Massino flipped and testified against
his loyal acting boss Vincent Basciano.
August 31,2012: Check out the October issue of PENTHOUSE magazine
, on the newstands now, for the cover article "The Family Guy: The Last Loyal Mobster Vinny Gorgeous," by Anthony
M. DeStefano. The six-page true crime piece, with some original art and crime scene photos, details the rise of Vincent
Basciano in the Bonanno crime family and his demise through his former boss Joseph Massino. It is the first lengthy
treatment of Massino's role as a mob turncoat.
CHINATOWN CRIME SHOW: Check out Biography Channel's program on August
28th at 10 P.M. In a program about Johnny Eng, the one-time Chinatown heroin trafficker who rose to prominence in the
1980s, Tony DeStefano will be one of the experts interviewed. The show repeats at various times on Biography Channel's
schedule. Check local listings for more information. But the initial broadcast is set for Aug 28th at 10 P.M.
Delaware Book Signing: A book signing over
the Labor Day Weekend at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was a success. Readers came to buy not only "Mob
Killer" but also the Last Godfather" which continues to maintain reader interest. Readers came
from as far away as Philadelphia and Maryland and New York for the event in this pleasant and sunny seaside town about 80
miles east of Washington, D.C. Browseabout is one of Delaware's best and most well known independent bookstores and worth
a stop for anyone in the area. A number of transplanted New Yorkers stopped by to remember some of the old places in their
Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods, places which are among the many settings in "Mob Killer" and "The Last Godfather."
Say what you want about e-books (which account for a great many sales now of both books) but there is nothing better than
connecting with readers in person and catching on to their excitement about talking to an author. Signing a book for a reader
is a great way to say thank you for those who take the time to make a purchase.
CHANNEL: Author Tony DeStefano will be appearing July 5th at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel program "Love Lust &
Secret Societies," talking about the Mafia. Check local cable listings for the right channel.
KILLER" FEATURED IN QUEENS TRIBUNE: The new book "Mob Killer" and author Tony DeStefano are featured
in the June 30th issue of the Queens Tribune, one of the largest weekly newspapers in the borough of Queens. To read
it go to:
RADIO TALK ABOUT MOB KILLER: Author Tony
DeStefano appeared Saturday, June 25th, on Burt
Barer's popular radio show "True Crime Uncensored."
The program can be heard on this link:
Tony DeStefano talked with customers at the Borders Bookstore in Glendale about "Mob
Killer." For over
90 minutes on June 11 the discussion ranged from the way the mob held sway in Howard Beach and the public's fascination
with the mob stories over so many years. Afterwards, the author signed copies of Mob Killer which are selling briskly at the
store, the nearest major book outlet to the area of Queens where the events described in Mob Killer took place.
KILLER OUT JUNE 7, 2011: Tony DeStefano's new book, "Mob Killer:The Bloody Rampage of Charlie Carneglia, Mafia
Hit Man," will be out officially on June7th from Pinnacle True Crime. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and
Noble web sites and in better bookstores for $6.99 (US). The 344 page mass market paperback details the fascinating and often
shocking story of Charles Carneglia and how he became an important gog in the crime machine of the late John Gotti.
Carneglia, brother of reputed Gambino captain John Carneglia, bloodied his hands as he tried to fit in the with Gotti's
wild crew in Ozone Park, N.Y. The story of Charles is one of a strange man who could show incredible devotion to his
infirm mother and then turn around and cause murder and havoc on the streets of New York. He was arrested in February
2008 and finally convicted of racketeering in 2009 which earned him a life sentence in federal prison. Charles was one of
the last true believers of the mob life. He was an anachronism, the last of the loyal Mafiosi.
of The Godfathers author Tony DeStefano will be featured guest on April 27th on Dan Zupansky's popular internet show True
Murders. Program begins at 8:00 p.m. Central Time (9 :00 p.m. EST) and can be listened to on the internet at this address:
True Murder http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dan-zupansky1 DeStefano will talk about mob murders and his new book, "Mob Killer."
OUT UPDATED BONANNO CRIME FAMILY PAGE ON THIS SITE FOR NEWS ABOUT JOSEPH MASSINO TESTIFYING AS A GOVERNMENT WITNESS.
New Book: Check out Fourth page of this website
for info on "Mob Killer," a new book by Tony DeStefano about Charles Carneglia. The book is now available for pre-release
order at www.amazon.com Release date is June 1, 2011.
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JANUARY 19, 2011: BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL--MASSINO PROGRAM. Check out Friday, January 21 for the Biography
Channel program on "Big Joey" Massino at 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Author Tony DeStefano of "King Of
The Godfathers" is interviewed and talks about the trials and travails of Massino on his way to becoming a government
JANUARY 14, 2011: ADDITIONAL AIR
DATE : The Biography Channel program on mob killer Tommy "Karate" Pitera will be broadcast at 9:00 pm Eastern
Time, January 14 and again that evening at 1 am, Eastern Time. The show features Tony DeStefano, author of "King
of The Godfathers." Pitera is a character in the book.
JANUARY 7, 2011 AIR DATE ON BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL FOR TV PROGRAM ON TOMMY PITERA: This Fall a program will
be aired on imprisoned Bonanno killer Tommy "Karate" Pitera, for which Last Godfather author Tony DeStefano was
interviewed. It is also available on YouTube.
ITALY WEB CAST: Wednesday night, June 10, 2009!! Tune in the web show "Giambotto Dolce," at 8 p.m. hosted by actress
Mary Ann Maisano and you will see her interview author Tony DeStefano live. The show is done from Grotto Azzura Restaurant
and is live. Hear the latest on The Last Godfather and the goings on in the Bonanno Crime Family, etc.
To see the program just paste the following address in your
web browser at 8 p.m. on June 10.
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There is another BOOK SIGNING and DISCUSSION planned for "King of the
Godfathers. Come to Barnes and Nobles at 2245 Richmond Avenue on Staten Island to talk about the mob, the Bonanno
crime family and the writing of the book at 7:00 p.m., May 1, 2009. The store is just north of the Staten Island Mall.
DELAWARE BOOK SIGNING WAS BIG EVENT: Scores of copies
of "King Of The Godfathers" sold at the book signing in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on August 29, as depicted above.
With interest sparked by a radio interview of Tony DeStefano on WGMD with Dan Gaffney, a lot of readers came, made purchases
and talked about why mob stories interest them. Watch these pages for more signings.
New Edition now available!!!
An updated trade paperback edition of "King of The Godfather"
the softcover of "The Last Godfather" is available as of May 27, 2008. It can be ordered on Amazon.com.
It is in larger format and contains a new chapter about Vincent Basciano and other recent developments in the Bonanno crime
GREAT REVIEW!: The New York Law Journal published a good review of "The
War On Human Trafficking." The paper found the book an informative, eye-opening account of the human trafficking problem.
MORE NEW PAPERBACKS: Another paperback version of The
Last Godfather will be out in May, 2008 and contains a new chapter on Vincent Basciano and developments through the end
The trade paperback version of "King of The Godfathers," a larger version of
the mass market paperback, can be preordered at Amazon.com.
Good news about "The War on Human Trafficking," published by Rutgers University Press. A paperback version
is due out later this summer. The book seems to be popular with college and university courses.
NEW EDITION!: The paperback version of The Last Godfather is coming out
June 5, 2007 under the title "King of The Godfathers." It is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, as
well as fine bookstores everywhere
You can email this website now at
NEW BOOK: "The War On Human Trafficking," By Anthony M. DeStefano
and published by Rutgers University Press will be available on August 13, 2007.
Copies can be ordered online from Amazon.com
Last Godfather" and the paperback version, "King of The Godfathers," are on sale from Sunday, Nov 11 thru Tuesday
Nov 13 at the Dwight-Englewood School Second Annual Book Sale in Englewood, N.J. School is on East Palisade Avenue.
The school gets a percentage of each book sold in cooperation with Borders Bookstore.
Coffee, tea, popcorn and The Last Godfather: Author Tony DeStefano held a book signing and discussion
at Central City Coffee's grand opening of its Dale and Thomas popcorn display in Englewood, N.J. The crowd enjoyed the summery
day, bought books and feasted on free popcorn!
DeStefano was interviewed on September 25, 2007 on WGMD, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, by newscaster Bill Colley about "King
of The Godfathers."
was interviewed on May 4, 2007 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for its news segement on the racketeering plea by
reputed Montreal crime boss Vito Rizzuto.
The book signing on April 24th, 7:30 p.m. in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside, Queens
at the Barnes and Noble store was well attended, led to a lively discussion about the mob and the sale of some books! Watch
this page for more appearances soon.
Radio spot: The Last Godfather author Tony DeStefano appeared on
the Murray Richman radio show, "Don't Worry Murray," about crime and law on WVOX in Westchester
book signing for The Last Godfather at Borders Books at the Atlas Park mall in Glendale, Queens, took place the evening of
March 9. It was well attended. Good review!:The prestigious New York Law Journal said on February 2, 2007
that "The Last Godfather" gives "unique insight" into the betrayals which lead to Joseph Massino's
downfall. "The story of Joseph Massino's 20 year run with the mob is a study of his survival instincts and his
respect for Omerta, the code of silence," writes reviewer Steven Worth.
"The Last Godfather" is one of the nominees for this year's "Edgar" awards
given by the Mystery Writers of America in the category of true crime nonfiction. Award winners are announced in 2007.
We shall see.
Author Anthony DeStefano appeared
on November 21, 2006 at the Barnes and Noble store in downtown Brooklyn for a discussion/signing of "The Last Godfather."
Event begins at 7:00 p.m. The address is 106 Court Street, accessible by the IRT 4& 5 Lines.
"The Last Godfather" was featured on November 18th on
KCLU radio's "Beyond Words" book program hosted by Frances Halpern. The program, broadcast in Santa Barbara County
in California, featured an interview with Anthony DeStefano.
Read about "The Last Godfather: Joseph Massino and The Fall of The Bonanno Crime Family" in
the September 28, and October 5 2006 editions of the well known mob news website www.ganglandnews.com. Noted author Jerry Capeci says "The Last Godfather" is the " the last word, and best work, on the life and
times of Joe Massino."