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More About This Title Mob Cop
Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, one of Chicago’s most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago’s Near West Side, and as young toughs they were shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt’s wing, Pascente served as his fixer and bagman for more than a decade. Pascente also remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend and help him rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit, and Fred Pascente’s positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts make this story a matchless tell-all.
Fred Pascente was a Chicago police officer for 26 years, serving as assistant and “bagman” to William Hanhardt. He was also a professional thief with close ties to the mafia, and a close friend and confidant of Tony Spilotro. Sam Reaves is the author of 10 novels and has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
"Worthwhile glimpse into the schizoid world of a corrupt cop.” —Kirkus Reviews“A tale from the underworld that’s rich in Outfit history and the characters that come with it. Pascente’s memories unspool like letters from a dark and fading Chicago.”—Jeff Coen, author of Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob“A detailed, gritty account of growing up around Grand Avenue and of life on both sides of the law, from someone who was a mob associate and a Chicago police officer—at the same time. Sam Reaves’s commentary that goes along with Fred Pascente’s story is excellent.”—John J. Binder, author of The Chicago Outfit