Breakshot : A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia is the memoir of Kenny "Kenji" Gallo, one of the most unlikely and controversial gangsters in the history of the American underworld. Born to a Japanese-American family in ritzy Orange County, California, Kenny was a bookish, hyperactive suburban kid who lived a double life as a car-bombing, gun-toting international drug trafficker. "One of the top cocaine smugglers on the West Coast" in the words of journalist Luke Ford, Gallo led his own narcotics crew, which was aligned with Pablo Escobar's Medellín drug cartel, owned his own nightclub, produced porn movies, and was arrested for the murder of his own best friend—all before he could legally drink. When the police cracked down on his drug-trafficking empire, Gallo abandoned the cocaine trade for life in the American Mafia as a jet-setting playboy gangster, marrying porn star Tabitha Stevens, and making millions in prostitution, credit fraud, "pump-and-dump" stock fraud, gambling, extortion, and the porn business. As the protégé of Mafia legends like John "Sonny" Franzese, Jerry Zimmerman, and Vincent "Jimmy" Caci, Gallo quickly earned the reputation as one the smartest and most capable young mobsters in America. After over two daredevil decades as a violent gangster, Gallo voluntarily made a deal with the F.B.I. to act as a wired-up, undercover informant against New York's Colombo and Lucchese Mafia Families in exchange for a fresh start in life. Given the codename "Breakshot" by the FBI, Gallo risked his life to send some of the most dangerous criminals in America to jail—in the process participating in one botched Mafia hit, narrowly escaping a Mafia attempt on his own life, and earning two contracts on his head. Breakshot includes Gallo's redemption as a legitimate businessman and an enthusiastic crime fighter who works to put Mafia bosses, capos, and soldiers in jail and to solve the decades-old, cold- case murders of his friends and enemies.

Author Biography

Japanese-American playboy Kenny "Kenji" Gallo is one of the most unique characters in the history of the Mafia. After assisting law enforcement's battle against organized crime, Gallo has now become a successful legitimate businessman.

Matthew Randazzo V is an investigative journalist and true crime author from New Orleans whose Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & The Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry was published by Phoenix Books to international acclaim.

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