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Last of the Gladiators.

Last of the Gladiators

James M. LaRossa, Jr.

Bancroft Press

PO Box 65360, Baltimore, MD 21209

9781610882392, $32.95, HC, 320pp,

Synopsis: From the 1960s until the turn of the 21st century, New York City was the world's epicenter of organized and white-collar crime. During those four decades, the most feared Mafia chiefs, assassins, defrocked stockbrokers, Orthodox Jewish money-launderers, and Arab bankers sought the counsel of one man: Jimmy LaRossa, a Kennedy-era prosecutor who became the defense lawyer of first resort.

On January 30, 2009, his son, James M. LaRossa Jr., snuck his famous and mortally ill father from New York Presbyterian Hospital to a waiting Medevac jet, where we flew in secret to a place few people would look for two die-hard New Yorkers: a town in Southern California aptly named Manhattan Beach.

During their five years in exile, they, "the LaRossa boys" as they came to be known, made their mark as a most irreverent and unrivaled father/son duo. While the son cooked his father his favorite Italian dishes and kept him alive using the most up-to-date equipment and drugs, the father recounted his legendary courtroom exploits to his son--who recorded them for later publication.

Not only is "Last of the Gladiators" a memoir about some of the seminal legal events of a generation, but it's also a love story between a father and son--a theme not often seen in American arts and letters.

Critique: An inherently fascinating and uniquely informative 'insider' account of New York's underworld, "Last of the Gladiators: A Memoir of Love, Redemption, and the Mob by the Son of the Legendary Trial Lawyer Jimmy LaRossa" will have a very special appeal for anyone with an interest in organized crime and the role played by their defense attorneys. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Last of the Gladiators" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

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Title Annotation:Last of the Gladiators: A Memoir of Love, Redemption, and the Mob by the Son of the Legendary Trial Lawyer Jimmy LaRossa
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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