The Big Heist (Paperback)

The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder

By Anthony M. DeStefano

Citadel, 9780806538938, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (5/29/2018)
Hardcover (6/27/2017)
Compact Disc (6/27/2017)
Compact Disc (6/27/2017)
MP3 CD (6/27/2017)

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“A comprehensive account of the legendary 1978 heist . . .  impressive.”
Kirkus Reviews
The crime that inspired the movie Goodfellas.
The rest of the story that couldn’t be told—until now.
One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of mafia legend—and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of eighty-year-old mafioso Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist. This blistering you-are-there account takes you behind the headlines and inside the ranks of America’s infamous Mafia families—with never-before-told stories, late-breaking news, and bombshell revelations.
Praise for Anthony D. DeStefano’s TOP HOODLUM: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Underworld
“An engrossing chronicle of the life of notorious Mafia boss . . . DeStefano’s canny insight into the don’s mind and motivations set this biography apart from others on Frank Costello.”
Publishers Weekly
“DeStefano tells Costello's story well.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony M. DeStefano has covered organized crime for over three decades, including the crime beat for New York Newsday for the past twenty years. His books on organized crime include Gangland New York, King of the Godfathers, Mob Killer, and Vinny Gorgeous among others.