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Mob Girl: A Woman's Life in the Underworld

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Growing up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City, Little Arlyne was attracted to mobsters: They were exciting and dangerous. She was soon dating "wiseguys" and running errands for them; but after years as a mob girlfriend, Arlyne started to muscle in on the action herself. An inside look at the Mafia, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. 16-page photo i ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 15th 1992 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 15th 1992)
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Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
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No one in this whole book was even momentarily likable or sympathetic. This is compounded by the fact that poor Ms. Brickman and everyone she's ever met have been more or less rendered unnecessary by GoodFellas.* To which she would doubtless respond: "Fuck you, pay me."

*Remember the scene where Janice, Ray Liotta's mistress, is showing all her girlfriends around the tacky apartment he's rented her, and she kind of blows him off in the bedroom, and then one of her friends, possibly played by Debi
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this since I like reading about crime and enjoy learning about the lives of mobster so why not a mob girl? The book focuses on one such girl Arylene. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, Arylene's life is less than glamorous and her personality screams at least one psychological disorder. It's a book of ups and downs but mostly downs, ending in downright depressing. The author's first book was about a murdered prostitute I read about in ANOTHER book, oddly enough, I ...more
Shelby Railsback
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: recentlyread
The subject of this book was fascinating, and that's what kept my interest throughout, but the writing style made it difficult to stay with it. The author switched from using first names to last names in the middle of a paragraph, making you stop to go "huh?" to figure out if she was still talking about the same person. This was compounded by the cast of thousands in the book, so there were lots of names to keep straight.

So overall, interesting topic, so so writing.
Matthew Dambro
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of the real destruction of a life by making all the wrong decisions. I read this almost twenty years ago and yet I remember the sense of loss and waste that gripped me as I read it then. This is a book that should be taught in the high schools of this country. It is raw and brutal and unutterably sad.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a true story- graphic in my opinion- but interesting mob history. Definitely not a "happy" book by any means but if your interested in learning a little something about a girl desperate for fame and destined for failure read this. Can you believe I got this from my high school library?
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a sad story about a woman who emulated Virginia Hill and lived a life of crime. Ultimately, she became an informer for the FBI, and lost all that was dear to her. Very sad. Well written.
Angela Smith
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this biography at the library and thought it would be..OK. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing is just a few days.
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I loved reading this peice of mob history. This was recommended by a friends dad and I have to thank him when I return the book. I'm usually not into True Stories but this one was great
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but hardly torrid. The summary makes the book sound better than it is. Left me disappointed.
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This is the most depressing book I have ever read. Yet I can't turn away.
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Teresa Carpenter is the author of four books, including the bestselling Missing Beauty. She is a former senior editor of the Village Voice, where her articles on crime and the law won a Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Greenwich Village with husband Steven Levy, a senior writer
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