Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family
Operation Family Secrets is the chilling true story of how the son of the most violent mobster in Chicago made the unprecedented decision to work with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to incriminate his own father and to help bring down the last great American crime syndicate—the one-hundred-year-old Chicago Outfit.
The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, mid...more
For those of you who don't know this, Frank is the man who went to prison with his own murderous father for "tax reasons," and he was wire-tapped while in prison talking to his dad. This brought down the whole entire Chicago old-school mob!
Frank is a hero, even to some of ...more
The author (with help) writes a clear, clean description of what it was like to grow up with his father, a made man in the Chicago Mob. He shows how the different groups interact and how some people actually switch allegiances, not always with retribution.
But the best part is his own personal story. Basically, his father groomed him to join the ranks most of his life. He start ...more
I realize that the names of the people were out of ...more
Frank Calabrese Jr. explains exactly what it's like in his chilling, can't-put-it-down book, "Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family". I'd heard an interview with the author on NPR's "Fresh Air" and had to learn m ...more
I've always been fascinated with novels, bios, true crime books about the mob, and I grew up in Bridgeport (saw The Godfather at The Ramova Theatre when I was 7 - https://www.facebook.com/ramovatheatre - and was hooked from then on), so was particularly interested in t ...more
A basic rule in an organization based on breaking all civil rules is that you do not bring the business into your home. Frank Sr. not only made his sons and brother engage in criminal acts, but treated them like all his other prey. This ...more
Pretty interesting read for me personally due to all the recent action in the Western Chicago suburbs where I live. I receommend the read if you are into the more recent Chicago Organized crime. Pretty interesting wtist with ultimately the Son turning in the Fat ...more
Please can there be a sequel? I want to read more of the backstory of Frank Jr.'s mother - her family and how she met her husband, etc. - or anything else - this was great!!
At times it was disturbing, but there were moments I laughed at their ability to keep a sense of humor. It's a bit frightening, to be honest.
Kudos to Frankie Jr for taking a stand. The world is a bet ...more
Would recommend to a fan of crime real-life stories. Quick read with the authors voice coming through clearly.