A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: The son of New York’s most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised. From the age of eight, Al DeMeo spent a lot of time with his father, Roy—on loansharking collections, in the auto-repair shop from which he. Albert DeMeo was six when his father gave him his first gun. Eleven years later, in , the cops summoned him to identify his father’s corpse.

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Al DeMeo will never forget the day in when a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunt A sinss, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: Interestingly, Demeo mentions the demise of the traditional American mafia, caused in part by the invasion of organised crime at the hands of other ethnic groups who ftaher to the author didn’t respect the traditional “rules of engagement” and were much quicker to kill than “the boys.

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Until he is saved by his childhood friends and begins to recover. By the end of the novel, he is nothing like his father, and I think the way he changed his life for the better in the end was a good life choice. As much as this book holds the horrors of the criminal underworld, it too has captured tenderness between father and son. But it’s interesting more for what DeMeo can’t tell us, than for what he does.

Reality did resurface every time for me however when Roy would take his son into the city to run “errands”. For Labert Sins of My Father is a thrilling page turner that often left me with the thought “how could this story possible be a true tale”.

The way DeMeo tells his story is immensely moving, especially when he undergoes the loss o This book offers such a interesting perspective on a very unconventional family. Oct 26, Lea added it. There’s the familiar other side of Mob life here, too, the wide circle of eccentric acquaintances and the robust celebrations centered around a nuclear family in which mom and kids other than Albert floated unaware of the crimes of father and fahter but what eats through deme book like acid is the horror, mixed with undying love and loyalty, that Albert feels as over the years he learns just what his father did for money—a horror that as an adult would send the author into a mental hospital but which he has now assimilated sufficiently to write this painful, intense, unforgettable memoir.


Overall, I would recommend this memoir to anyone who is interested. It was as if he went back in time to when his father first died and was forced to relive how he felt, he ultimately went in a fagher spiral and became suicidal.

Sep 09, Pages Buy. Even though his family was really rich and could buy almost anything, he was restless almost every night, worrying his father would not make it back home. The one thing that got me completely hooked is the fact that it sina an interesting perspective of a child that got pulled into a world of fear, violence, and power. I can’t imagine what it must have been like living with such a father. Definitely give this book a read if you have a chance.

I find it interesting how Albert DeMeo fits in with his dad from the start and develops traits suitable for being in the mobster life as a young child even though he is n For the Sins of My Father was a great read, filled with action from start to end.

Albert was very interesting to me because he would often flip flop between liking the things his father did and then wanting nothing to do with any of it.

He was the stuff of mob legend: DeMeo is so concerned with recreating his child’s-eye view of a loving father, that he mimics a child’s confusion. It was a great perspective to read this story in, to be able to see Albert’s average life at school compared to his thrilling life at home.

fzther At a young age, Albert’s capable of dealing with the mafia but shows clemency when necessary, much like his father. If killers are just evil monsters, how can they be such loving fathers; genuine in their affection? Apr 03, Shayla Clarke rated it really liked it. Sep 23, Erika rated it really liked it.

However he also dragged his family, mainly Albert, into the lethal mess that is the mafia which makes the reader question his thoughts and actions as a whole Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Since he grew up with his dad releasing to him bits of information about the mafia from a young age, it really influenced his views on things. The way DeMeo portrays his father as this loving and supportive figure even though the reader is well aware of the true identity of his father.


Albert himself is entirely straightforward about the crimes that his father committed, even going as far to admit his father’s own morality about going to hell when he was dead. Then the gripping tale of growing up as the son of an honorary Gambino crime family member begins.

My old man, the hitman For the Sins of My Father by Albert DeMeo with Mary Jane Ross

Sep 24, Pages. I am sure there are many inner struggles between right and wrong, as the mafia has been famous for helping people who have been turned away by the police just as much as they’ve been nightmarishly devilsome in their dealings against people.

DeMeo kept up this illusion until a pulp history, Murder Machine, was published in the mids, detailing his father’s prolific career as a hitman. Eleven years later, inthe cops fro him to identify his father’s corpse, frozen solid after 10 days in the boot of a Cadillac, and shot seven times, an eyeball blown out from the socket.

Apr 06, Bean rated it really liked it.

Published September 9th by Broadway Books first published January 1st The book often reads like the perspective of Michael Corleone if he were in Goodfellas. Oct 21, Ilmar Kanbergs rated it really liked it. Albert emerges from a sea of sadness when his father drowns, but remains resolute albeft honor his father’s final request.

Albert goes into so much detail about what his father made him do and how Roy eventually dies. At the age of seventeen, following the murder of his father; Albert had no choice but to enlist himself as a soldier in his father’s war. Nov 02, Omaima rated it it was amazing Shelves: Praise Offers a remarkable perspective on how a brutal mobster could lead a sweet home life as a suburban dad.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. From the Fir edition. I find it interesting how Albert DeMeo fits in with his dad from the start and develops traits suitable for being in the mobster life as a young child even though he is never in the Mafia.

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