Bestselling true crime author Anthony M. DeStefano is a national expert on the American Mafia. He is the author of nine books on the subject, including the recent bestsellers: The Deadly Don and Top Hoodlum. In addition to being an organized crime expert, DeStefano is an award-winning journalist who covers crime in New York for Newsday.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including a Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy.

Published in 2021, The Deadly Don has sparked a lot of excitement and interest. The story of Vito Genovese, and his nemesis Frank Costello, form the spine of Nick Pileggi’s new screenplay Wise Guys. Soon to be a major motion picture.

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Wise Guys: The Movie

The latest Robert DeNiro film “Wise Guys,” scripted by noted author and screenplay writer Nick Pileggi, is filming in Cincinnati. The story is that of the rivalry between Frank Costello and Vito Genovese in the 1950s for control of the crime family. DeNiro is playing both roles. Cincinnati was chosen as the location because old…

Frank and Vito, the Movie

So, from the world of Hollywood comes word that the competing lives of Mafia rivals Frank Costello and Vito Genovese, who happen to be the subjects of my two books “Top Hoodlum” and “The Deadly Don,” will be a major motion picture featuring Robert DeNiro playing both men with screenplay by author Nick Pileggi. Should…

Gotti’s Boys

“Gotti’s Boys” gets a plug Sunday night, July 17 at 9 PM on HLN network’s latest edition of the series “Very Scary People: John Gotti,” a show about Gotti, his rise to power and demise. Myself and a few other Mafia experts and historians are interviewed as we were in the earlier show on Sammy…

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