The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster: The Tony Spilotro Story Through A Hitman's Eyes


Tony Spilotro was the Mob’s man in Las Vegas. A feared enforcer, the bosses knew Tony would do whatever it took to protect their interests. The “Little Guy” built a criminal empire that was the envy of mobsters across the country, and his childhood pal, Frank Cullotta helped him do it. But Tony’s quest for power and lack of self-control with women cost the Mob its control of Vegas; and Tony paid for it with his life. 


A book about Tony Spilotro, who was the enforcer for the mob in Vegas, and was one of the characters in the movie Casino. The author begins with how they met and then takes you through their childhood and the different crimes they committed together or that he heard about. Both of them growing up in Chicago and knowing the same people this is not so hard to believe. You begin to see the rise of Tony and slowly the author takes you through the different crimes that maybe you have read about or heard about, I had at least had heard of some of them. Then it was off to Vegas and not only was he to work with running, watching the outfit’s take of the casinos they owned but also Lefty Rosenthal. Lefty had also grown up in Chicago and for Lefty, he was always into betting and point spread. He would take that to Vegas and really Vegas was the downfall for both of them. One in Lefty’s book he began to think he was bigger than everyone including the mob and so when he was denied a gambling license by Vegas he would not stay out of the casinos. It would become Tony’s job among other’s to make sure he would stay out but he could not do that because he could not keep his pants away from Lefty’s wife, and now you have one of the many beginnings of Tony’s downfall. There are many others, money, drugs, unauthorized killings, and other things all of which bring notice to the wrong people. Not only was Tony killed, but also his brother. Lefty survived his car bomb because of the way his Cadillac was made. Not in the book was that about ten years ago also in a field Illinois a farmer found many graves with bones in them it was thought to have been the place where Tony and his crew would take the people for their death, and why he was beaten and buried the way he was. Overall not a bad book. A good story if you want to know about the Chicago mob. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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