1955- Gangster Joe Spagnoli, and his young friend Tony Spilotro, meet Mario DeStefano when they beat up and stab his bodyguard at a local bar. Why? Because he stepped on Tony’s new shoes. That’s when Spagnoli and Spilotro began their apprenticeship with Chicago’s own homegrown sociopath, Mario’s brother, “Mad Sam” DeStefano. After Spagnoli added ‘collector’ to his resume, he became a strong-arm robber, illegal casino operator and counterfeiter.
1984- Spilotro and Spagnoli have relocated to Las Vegas, Tony to be the Chicago muscle for Lefty Rosenthal, casino manager of the Stardust, Spagnoli to loan shark and gamble. Joe gets involved with a bookmaking operation that comes with an invaluable asset. 18-year-old Cyn. She falls in love with Junior, Joe’s son, and her life becomes more and more enmeshed in the illegal activities that supplied the Chicago Outfit bosses with their thick envelopes. After Tony Spilotro is killed, it gets serious when the New York Syndicate tries to muscle in on Cyn’s Outcall service, a major earner for Chicago. New York wants her dead. Oh yeah, she has a problem. Free on Kindle.