Seldom has the netherworld of the mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Like the classics of the genre-from The Godfather to The French Connection toWise Guy–Takedown leads us to the inner ring of a conspiracy of corruption and terror that held the city in its grip for nearly fifty years.
Rick Cowan was a young NYPD detective in 1992 when he dropped by a Brooklyn waterfront warehouse to investigate a recent fire bombing-only one in a string of interviews he considered routine. But what he found there was far from routine, for it would take him on a five-year odyssey and nearly cost him his life. In fact, he had stumbled upon the lead of a lifetime-the suspicion that he might unearth the hard evidence police and federal agencies alike had been chasing for decades: the proof of collusion among the mob families to extort billions from the nation’s most influential corporations that call New York their home.
Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered-and murdered-at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of the season.
From the Compact Disc edition.
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About Rick Cowan
Rick Cowan was born and raised in New Jersey, where he was employed variously as a corrections officer, welder and construction worker before beginning a law enforcement career with several small New Jersey police forces. But he always dreamed of… More about Rick Cowan
About Douglas Century
DOUGLAS CENTURY is the author, with Rick Cowan, of The New York Times best seller and Edgar Award-winner Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafi a Empire. Publications he has written for include The New York Times, Details, Rolling Stone,… More about Douglas Century
Published by Random House Audio Oct 29, 2002| 360 Minutes| ISBN 9780739301661