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We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-up of a Mafia Crime Buster    by Lin DeVecchio & Charles Brandt order for
We're Going to Win This Thing
by Lin DeVecchio
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Berkley, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you were alive during the 1950s through the 1980s and into the 1990s, you had to be aware of the activities of the Mafia. And of the government's attempts to eliminate their influence as well as their habit of murdering anyone who crossed them in any way.

We're Going to Win This Thing is written by Lin DeVecchio, who was an FBI agent - a key player in the New York Mafia wars. Respected as a straight shooter by all his fellow agents, he was made a supervisor of agents who were gathering information constantly on the movements of various members of the Mafia by way of informants.

DeVecchio was highly thought of by most of those with whom he worked and when he gave his word, it was believed. That is until one of his junior agents decided to further his own career by taking down DeVecchio with accusations, innuendos, and downright lies.

We're Going to Win This Thing is an incredible account of the Mafia during this period. The book relates the day-to-day activities of the different crime families, all under the umbrella of the Mafia. The number of names is downright baffling. Not to count the ones who are second and third generation. The crimes are almost as varied as the individuals who carried them out. Nicknames are rampant.

What also dawned on me was that I was reading of the malfeasance in office of those who tried to bring down this upright FBI agent. Whom can we trust out there to do the best for us? And why should informants come forward when they can't trust the ones to whom they are selling information? Secrecy seemingly went out the window when someone on our side of the law decided it was time to feather their own nest.

DeVecchio was put through hell. Those who counted him friend were no longer sure the man was playing by the rules they had all sworn to follow. This is a long book and at times I was tempted to put it down because I became disheartened by those who swore to serve. But I had to read on to discover how and why DeVecchio was vindicated. This was a sobering time in US history.

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