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The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

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From inside the heart of the NYPD - The shattering police corruption scandal and the trial that stunned a city.

Detective Stephen Caracappa achieved the distinguished rank of first grade detectve while under the hire of the Luchese crime family.

Detective Louis Eppolito worked the heart of Brooklyn's mobland; he himself was the son of a Gambino crime family soldier.

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ebook, 768 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Scribner (first published 2006)
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Burt Campbell
Contrary to some other reviewers, I found the level of detail (e.g. backgrounds of individuals) just right; enough to understand their motivations, but not so much that you want to skip parts. I have to admit, I had low expectations when I started reading. I don't expect this genre to engender literary brilliance, but... really... there were few 'errors' (grammar, etc), I can only think of one that I noticed. I think the pacing of the story was just right, side-stories were introduced, then late ...more
Matthew Dixon
I read the book because of the subject matter and that surely didn't disappoint. The story of two high level NYC cops who served as information sources/hit men for the mob during the late eighties and early nineties was just as compelling as I figured. The problem with this book was the length. Essentially, the first two thirds of the book was a chronological record of the events that took place along with the backgrounds of all the major players. Fine. But then we move on to the trial and those ...more
Lauren Stanek
Very interesting book. I spent a great deal of time reading about the mafia in the Detroit and Chicago areas during the 20s, but hadn't read too much about the NYC mob families. The chronology and details were excellent. You can tell the book took a long time to research doing all the fact-checking. My only compliant was that about halfway through it started getting long and became difficult to trudge through. I also thought the chapter about the actual trial was short-changed. Overall, it was a ...more
Melissa Reynolds
I read this book (which has been on my shelf for years, unread) because a friend and neighbor, a retired NY detective, was here for a party and pulled it off of my bookcase. He thumbed through it and said I'm in this. Turns out, one of the main characters was his partner. He never knew what his partner was into.
The book is interesting, but sometimes it tends to drag on with too much detail about the extended names and backgrounds of the mafia members. I guess much of it was needed to understand
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Mark
In the tank for mafiosi like Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso and others, New York City detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito sold their badges, their souls, and their reputations to the highest bidders in organized crime. From leaking information to contract hits, these guys did it all — and got away with it for far longer than they should have. Guy Lawson researched and wrote this book at considerable expense to his law-enforcement career and his own reputation. The result is a thoroughly abs ...more
Charlie Schnell
Very interesting material and I enjoyed learning about the case. The writing is just so-so and it appeared that the author and Oldham had an axe to grind. Everyone trying to take credit for following up on the case and bringing them to justice. Very tangential and he tried to cover too much territory. When you are just getting in to a certain story line the book takes another line about another character in the story. Very difficult to follow.
Yvonne
Interesting subject matter. Why do so many books about Organized Crime seem to be missing an editor?
Lee
This book tells the story of Lou Eppolito and Steven Carcappa two NYPD cops who were on the payroll of the mob. This story is told from the viewpoint of William Oldham the Major Case squad cop who refused to let the case die even when it seemed as if the cops would never face justice. Very in depth profiles of the Mafia figures, cops prosecutors and victims. Good read.
Michelle
While the story was interesting and the plot held a lot of promise, the writing was too tedious for my taste. The book read like a textbook and was extremely hard to get through. Way too many minute details belabored the story. But if you are looking for a play by play of how the 5 mob families started and their hierarchies then this is the book for you.
Gary Quien
Interesting account of the two dirtiest cops in New York City's history, who committed crimes including murder for the local mafia. Very good descriptions of the interface of the mob and the law cultures in the New York metropolitan area, and the sociology of organized crime and of dedicated lawmen, both the police, the prosecutors and attorney.
Geoffrey
Guy Lawson can build a narrative

I live a good novel, and this reads like one. Lawson and Oldham tie together a hugely complicated conspiracy and finish it up with a neat little bow.

I can't wait to read Octopus, and see how Lawson attacks Taibbi's turf.
Jeff
Interesting story about two NYPD detectives who worked for the Mafia on the lam.

Just saw the news yesterday (Oct. 18, 2008) that the Courts of Appeals reconfirmed their convictions and life imprisonment sentences that were originally given out, but overturned earlier.
Stevie
Brilliant read. Quite unbelievable that two high-ranking NYPD detectives could actually carry out high-level hits for the NYC Mafia. Fast paced and well written. Enthralling. Although found the details of the court case pretty boring but then again i usually do with mob books.
Dave
This is a true story about two high ranking NY detectives that were doing contract kills for the mafia. Very well written and informative. This is the best inside look at the mafia and its inner workings I have ever read. It would make a great movie.
Jeff Dickison
Interesting, but long and complicated true tale of two cops who were on the payroll of the mafia, even to the point of committing murder. Story was co-written by one of the cops (William Oldham) who investigated the case. Recommended to fans of true crime.
Michael
The basics of the story were very interesting, but boy did this one need an editor. I'd say 100 pages of this one could have been cut out easily without losing much. Worth a read if you're into the subject matter, but you might end up doing some skimming.
P.e.
Good book about how far the mafia reached and how even cops make mistakes to get caught. A little to much information could have made the book a little shorter. Strange the DA & FBI , are still fighting for credit just a few mos ago in 2011.
Tisa
I absolutely live this book! I love mob stories anyway, and this story was mind blowing from beginning to end. Great read!
Florence
Were it not for the obsession of the detectiive on the case, these two lowlifes would have gotten away with their crimes.
Susie
I didn't not-finish this because it wasn't good like certain other books (*cough* Rebel Heart *cough*). I got distracted.
Michelle
This book was well-written and informative. I thought it drug a bit toward the end, but definitely worth a read!
Katie
This book was incredibly interesting. I had to keep reminding myself that it was non-fiction.
Stephanie
Very interesting book and well-written. The stories are almost unbelievable.
Robert Smith
Interesting in its immense scale of corruption.....
Claudia
A fantastic book about the mob and the cops in NYC>
abby
This book is exactly what you would expect.
Ko
Very good Mafia book.
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Guy Lawson is a true-crime journalist who has written for The Observer, GQ, Rolling Stone and New York Times. His Rolling Stone piece Arms and the Dudes is currently shooting with Warner Brothers. For Octopus, he interviewed Sam Israel in prison for three years and travelled extensively through London, Berlin, Washington, and New York to corroborate Israel’s story. The book is currently in a biddi ...more
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