A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia Breaking Up The "Best in the West" Gang

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/11/2014
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
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In this gripping, true crime exposé, Bill Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, the book immerses readers in free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like Sausalito, California. The Trident Restaurant, once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip, was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the infamous. Ettleman's safecracking gang targets the Trident. Mobsters like Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranos character “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards in Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast.

Author Biography

Tanya Chalupa, a respected journalist with expertise in law enforcement and traffic safety issues, is a graduate of Queens College, CUNY. She has received awards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Senate Rules Committee and the National Association of Governors' Highway Safety Representatives. She resides in Washington, D.C.

William G. Palmini, Jr. is the decorated, retired police chief of the Albany, California, police department. A past recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he is currently the Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He resides in Novato, CA.

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