Mobbed Up Booklist

Fiction about gangsters and organized crime - Mafia, Russian Mob, etc.

A list of books, many of which received at least one starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist (BL), Publisher's Weekly (PW), Kirkus, and Library Journal (LJ). Additional titles of interest may be included on this list. Titles are alphabetically by author.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
  • Long Firm
    Author: Arnott, Jake
    Publisher: Soho List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 15947169x Date: 1999
    starKirkus starPW
    Club owner Harry Starks is a feared gangster in 1960s London. Five narrators tell the story of Harry's fall, and surprising resurrection, in this vividly imagined portrait of the sleazy London mobs ("firms") at the end of an era.
  • Everbody Dies : Matt Scudder
    Author: Block, Lawrence
    Publisher: William Morrow List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 068814182x Date: 1998
    starPW starKirkus
    PW's Best 98 Books selection
    In his 14th adventure, Matthew Scudder, signs up to help his closest and most unlikely friend, the larger-than-life Hell's Kitchen hoodlum Mick Ballou - and soon finds himself living in a world where the past is a mine field, the present is a war zone, and the future's an open question.
  • The Good Guys
    Author: Bonanno, Bill
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446529656 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The authors' extraordinary lives and experiences infuse this novel with chilling true-to-life details and a real insider's perspective. Bonanno is a former high-ranking member of a crime family, and Pistone is a former undercover FBI agent.
    Updated 10.25.04
  • Gone Bamboo
    Author: Bourdain, Anthony
    Publisher: Villard List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679448802 Date: 1997
    starPW
    This wry, blistering thriller by the author of Bone in the Throat pits a CIA -trained assassin and his equally hard-nosed wife against two governments and a cross-dressing Mafioso. Sexy, raucous, and funny, Gone Bamboo is destined to burnish Bourdain's reputation and bring him the readership he so richly deserves.
  • King Con
    Author: Cannell, Stephen J.
    Publisher: Morrow List Price: $24 ISBN: 0688147763 Date: 1997
    starPW
    Accomplished grifter Beano Bates's lucky streak vanishes after a card game in which he scams 80 grand from a Mafia don who retaliates by having him nearly beaten to death. The savage beating leads to murder. Now Beano wants more than a big score, he wants revenge. Aided by a cunning female prosecutor and an army of crafty cousins, the king of the cons puts together the ultimate swindle--a game of strategy, skill and deception, and the target is America's most feared mob kingpin and his psychopathic brother.
    Suggested Reading: Grift Sense
  • City of Ice
    Author: Farrow, John
    Publisher: Random Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375501401 Date: 1999
    starBooklist
    Reminiscent of Smilla's Sense of Snow, this gripping debut thriller, set in the bone-chilling midwinter Montreal, features an unorthodox detective pitted against the Russian mafia, CIA infiltrators, motorcycle gangs, and a corrupt police force.
  • 30 Seconds
    Author: Giancana, Sam
    Publisher: Warner List Price: $ 24.50 ISBN: 044651716x Date: 1998
    starKirkus
    The nephew of mobster Sam Giancana and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Double Cross and his wife deliver a compelling tale of one innocent man's fight against the international drug trade, the CIA, and the Mafia.
  • A Man with an Axe
    Author: Jackson, Jon A.
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0871137089 Date: 1998
    starBL
    Detroit Detective Sergeant "Fang" Mulheisen is about to begin an investigation into the mystery surrounding a headless corpse when a young kid arrives with an E-mail cartoon message addressed to Mulheisen. Soon the detective is being led on a scavenger hunt that takes him into modern jazz history, the Detroit police archives, and the notebook diaries of Grootka, his now-dead mentor.
  • La Donna Detroit
    Author: Jackson, Jon A.
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138107 Date: 2000
    starPW
    In this compelling and unpredictable page-turner, Detective Sergeant "Fang" Mulheisen's latest investigation thrusts him into the nerve center of the Detroit mob. "Jon Jackson makes the hard-boiled form look as if he thought it up himself last week".--Newsday.
    Updated 5/4/00
  • The Dog Who Bit a Policeman
    Author: Kaminsky, Stuart M.
    Publisher: Mysterious List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 089296667x Date: 1998
    starPW starBooklist
    PW's Best 98 Books selection
    Moscow Police Inspector Porifry Rostnikov returns in another book in the Edgar Award-winning series - this time putting himself in league with members of the Russian Mafia, who feel the murders of two of their own are related to new gang wars.
  • Mobtown
    Author: Kelly, Jack
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786866152 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In the deceptively quiet neighborhoods of 1950s Rochester, New York, Ike Van Savage's latest case starts out simply enough: a threatening husband and a beleaguered wife. But before he knows it, he's pulled into a serpentine mystery that involves the town's most notorious gangster, a dead heiress, and one too many "accidents."
    Updated 11/21/01
  • Fourth Down
    Author: Klein, Dave
    Publisher: Forge List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312863705 Date: 1999
    starBooklist
    When a star quarterback, who is bring forced by the mob to throw games, dies in the middle of a game, a former teammate starts digging deep into the suspected murder.
  • The Narrowback
    Author: Ledwidge, Michael S.
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Price: $ 24 ISBN: 087113716x Date: 1999
    starPW
    A riveting and suspensful debut, The Narrowback is a tale of a soulful Irish-American gangster who dares to betray the IRA. Stylish, lucid, and compelling, "The Narrowback is as auspicious a debut as I've seen in years" (James Patterson).
  • The Big Law
    Author: Logan, Chuck
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 006019133 Date: 1998
    starPW
    In his most electrifying thriller to date, an emerging master of the thriller pits one man's smoldering sense of justice against the FBI's witness protection program when he tracks down a killer shielded by the unwitting Feds.
  • Family Honor
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0399145664 Date: 1999
    starKirkus starPW
    After rescuing a wealth family's missing teenage daughter from prostitution, private investigator Sunny Randall becomes the girl's unlikely bodyguard, fending off some serious mobsters and getting involved in a murder case and criminal conspiracy.
  • Omerta
    Author: Puzo, Mario
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375502548 Date: 2000
    starKirkus starPW starLibrary Journal
    First came The Godfather, then The Last Don. Now prepare for the final chapter in Puzo's Mafia trilogy about power and morality in America. Omerta, from the Italian word for "code of silence", is a powerful epitaph for the Mafia at the century's end and a final triumph for a great American storyteller.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5/11/00
  • Flower Net
    Author: See, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060175273 Date: 1997
    starPW
    NYTBR Notable
    A Chinese cop and an American DA travel the breadth of modern China - revealing to the reader the country's venerable culture, its teeming economy, its omnipotent mafia, its institutionalized cruelty - as they attempt to uncover the conspiracy behind a series of high-profile murders.
  • Killing Ground
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $19.95 ISBN: 0061011959 Date: 1997
    starBooklist starKirkus
    In this tense, gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Heart of Danger and the Fighting Man, an innocent young woman is recruited to go undercover in pursuit of a vicious mafia leader in hiding.
  • Virgin Heat
    Author: Shames, Laurence
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $21.95 ISBN:2786862033 Date: 1997
    starBooklist starKirkus
    Shames's thriller is his wildest to date, rich in excitement, tension, laughs, and loopy characters. Fed up with the life set up for him by the Federal Witness Protection Program, Sal Martucci is tending bar in Key West when he is spotted in a home video by his ex-sweetheart, Angie Amaro - the daughter of the man who wantes Sal dead.
  • Charlie Opera
    Author: Stella, Charlie
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786712139 Date: 2003
    starPW starBooklist
    A gritty underworld thriller that takes mob bosses, hit men, and gangland wannabes to Las Vegas, where the name of their game is Charlie Opera.
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Act of Revenge
    Author: Tanenbaum, Robert K
    Publisher: Harpercollins Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0060192186 Date: 1999
    starPW
    "The most interesting pair of characters in the suspense genre" ("Chicago Tribune") comes to HarperCollins for the first time. When their daughter witnesses a tong murder in Chinatown, Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi find themselves entangled in a 20-year-old--but still very poisonous--Mafia conspiracy.
  • Codes of Betrayal
    Author: Uhnak, Dorothy
    Publisher: St. Martin's List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312155824 Date: 1997
    starBL
    For the first time in a decade, Dorothy Uhnak gives readers a new police novel of double jeopardy and triple cross that will seize fans of Puzo as well as Wambaugh. Codes of Betrayal is a story of intense drama and fiendish complication, in which one man is tested by his own drive for justice.
  • Capo
    Author: Watson, Peter
    Publisher: Richard Cohen Books List Price: $17.95 (pbk) ISBN: 1860660118 Date: 1997
    starPW
    When Silvio Randazzo completes his dangerous rite of passage, he goes from peasant boy to Mafia soldier. He also begins an extraordinary turn-of-the-century odyssey, one that leads him from his first vendetta killing in the hills of the old country to his rise as the most powerful gangster in America's most decadent city.
  • The Godfather Returns
    Author: Winegardner, Mark
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400061016 Date: 2004
    starPW starBooklist
    Winegardner--whose proposal for this novel was chosen in an international competition--brings new artistry and vision to Mario Puzo's mythic characters.
    Updated 12.6.04
  • California Fire and Life
    Author: Winslow, Don
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679454314 Date: 1999
    starPW
    From the author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z comes an unstoppable new novel about a Southern California Gold Coast conflagration of greed, deceit, and murder, and the one man trying to fight it.
    Suggested Reading: On Fire
  • Whacking Jimmy
    Author: Wolf, William L.
    Publisher: Villard List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375501738 Date: 1998
    starKirkus
    The Freshman meets Carl Hiaasen in this hip and hilarious crime novel of an unwilling mafia heir's introduction to the ways of his family.