Friday, January 29, 2016

The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter by Linda Scarpa

The world called him a killer. She called him Dad...


“We were always worried. Always looking over our shoulders...” Linda Scarpa had the best toys, the nicest clothes, and a close-knit family. Yet classmates avoided her; boys wouldn’t date her. Eventually she learned why: they were afraid of her father. A made man in the Colombo crime family, Gregory Scarpa, Sr. was a stone-cold killer nicknamed the “Grim Reaper.” But to Linda, he was also a loving, devoted father who played video games with her for hours. In riveting detail, she reveals what it was like to grow up in the violent world of the mob and to come to grips with the truth about her father and the devastation he wrought.



REVIEW

Stories about the Mafia definitely spur interest, and this book was no exception. The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter is a memoir by Linda Scarpa whose father was Gregory Scarpa, a member of the Colombo crime family. In the frank retelling of her family life, she brings to life her family's fears, loves, and horrors. She writes with frank honesty revealing her personal struggles with the Mafia lifestyle. With its many photos and stories of betrayal, jealousy, and violence, this is a great inside look at what it means for women and children of mobsters. Shocking, compelling, and highly entertaining! Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.