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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Hamptons Bookfest a Big Hit!

Our True Crime panel, hosted by author Casey Sherman, drew a large crowd in East Hampton on April 15 for the Hamptons Whodunit weekend. Our panel of three talked about the history of the American Mafia, the Lufthansa Heist of 1978, and the process of getting mobsters to talk and trust you as an author.…

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…

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