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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review of “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi

“Wiseguy” tells the story of the life of career criminal Henry Hill, well known in the film “Goodfellas,” which is based upon this book.   As with many books that go to films, the inner details add depth to Hill’s story and give the reader a better feel for the disturbing and violent life he lead. With the romanticism of film removed, the facts are told mostly from Henry and his wife at the time, Karen.  What I liked most about “Wiseguy” is the true events, rather than the detailed idealistic fiction of alternative stories about organized crime.  I don’t believe the book is to make the reader sympathetic with Hill; instead it’s telling the story of his unconventional life that’s quite a miracle he survived on hindsight.  For fans of crime books, and for fans of “Goodfellas” don’t let the film do all the talking.  This book is excellent and well worth the time.  Five stars!

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