Local Chicago Author, Sam Reaves will be here Friday night 6/12/15 to discuss & sign his latest non-fiction book Mob Cop...:
Former Chicago police officer and Outfit associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, a central character in Nicholas Pileggi's "Casino "and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. As a policeman he led a double life, doing genuine police work under Hanhardt's tutelage while at the same time keeping an eye out for opportunities for bribery and theft. His position on both sides of the law gave him unrivaled knowledge of the workings of Chicago's deeply rooted culture of corruption.
"Mob Cop "details the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that has never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's colorful stories of crooked cops and dangerous criminals make his memoir a matchless tell-all.
About the Author
Fred Pascente was a Chicago police officer for 26 years, serving as assistant and "bagman" to William Hanhardt. He was also a professional thief with close ties to the mafia and a close friend and confidant of Tony Spilotro.
Sam Reaves is the author of several books, including "Mean Town Blues", "Fear Will Do It", and "Homicide 69". He has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Sam lives in Illinois.