George Anastasia

George Anastasia has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also the author of a dozen books, including Blood and Honor (Camino), Mobfather (Camino), The Goodfellas Tapes (Avon) and the New York Times bestsellers The Summer Wind (HarperCollins) and The Last Gangster (William Morrow).

Published in Authors

The Summer Wind: Thomas Capano and the Murder of Anne Marie Fahey

by George Anastasia

New York Times Bestseller

He was a charismatic - and married - prosecutor.

Tom Capano was a golden boy, one of the richest and most influential men in Delaware state politics. Anne Marie Fahey was a pretty, vivacious-and also needy and anorexic-young secretary to the governor. For two years, she was the perfect foil for Capano's obsessive manipulation, until she finally broke it off - and he killed her.

She was his charming yet insecure mistress.

In this riveting, meticulously researched story, award-winning crime reporter george Anastasia recreates the Capano-Fahey affair, the murder, and its aftermath. Through their own intimate words taken from Fahey's diaries and the couple's e-mail correspondence, The Summer Wind brings to life their bizarre relatonship, from the first flirtation to the final cold-blooded act of arrogance when Capano dumped an ice chest containing Anne Marie's lifeless body into the Atlantic Ocean.

She thought his charm was to die for.

Anastasia also follows the story into the courtroom and behind prison walls as Capano struggled to save himself, and into the minds of the men and women who united in a brilliant campaign to bring a killer to justice, including a joint state-federal sting operation that helped bring Capano down.

She was right.

Published in True Crime

Blood and Honor: Inside the Scarfo Mob, the Mafia's Most Violent Family

by George Anastasia

Here is the critically acclaimed inside story, now in an expanded edition, about the rise and fall of Philadelphia's notorious Scarfo organization. Blunt and unsparing, it is a first-hand account of murder, money, and corruption told by wiseguy-turned-witness Nick Caramandi, whose testimony put Nicky Scarfo and many of his associates behind bars for the rest of their lives. A prime target for hit men to this day, Caramandi continues to survive only through the government's Witness Protection Program. In this updated edition of Blood and Honor, author George Anastasia picks up the story where he left off, filling us in on the fates of all the characters -- major and minor -- in recent years.

Published in True Crime

The Mobfather: The Story of a Wife and Son Caught in the Web of the Mafia

by George Anastasia

George Anastasia exposes what it really means to be married to the mob — and fathered by it. As revealed in their harrowing personal accounts, life for the wife and sons of Thomas "Tommy Del" DelGiorno became a descent into hell. When Maryann Welch ignored misgivings on her wedding day and plunged into marriage with the small-time gangster, she could not have foreseen how swiftly his greed and bloodlust would propel him to the highest ranks of the South Philadelphia Mafia.

Published in True Crime

The Last Gangster

by George Anastasia

New York Times Bestseller

For 35 years, Ron Previte roamed the underworld. A six-foot, 300-pound capo in the Philadelphia-South Jersey crime family, he ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking, prostitution, and extortion to flimflams that cost an Atlantic City casino millions. By the 1990s, Previte, an old-school workhorse, found himself answering to younger mob bosses like "Skinny Joey" Merlino, who seemed increasingly spoiled, cocky and careless. Convinced that the honor of the "business" was gone, he became the FBI's secret weapon in an intense and highly personalized war on the Philadelphia mob.

As a cop, he was corrupt; as a mobster, he was brutal. Yet as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. The Last Gangster is the story of his life, of the last days of the Philadelphia mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down once and for all. Drawing on the words of mobsters themselves, George Anastasia tells Previte's story for the first time. Unflinching and enthralling, The Last Gangster is the true story of how the once monolithic, highly organized, powerful and secretive mob was defeated by its own hand.

Published in Biography