While waiting for other books to come through at the library, I decided to go with this new release. It’s somewhat new, and I didn’t hear anything about it. The notion really had me intrigued. “Mob Cop” by Fred Pascente with Sam Reaves is an autobiographical tale about a police officer from Chicago. This is a story that no doubt will one day become a movie. I think it should be. The elements that are talked about in this book are similar to that from “Casino” for instance. Mob Cop” by Fred Pascente is a strong book with a lot of violence, and a tone that is simply, calm. Pascente seems to be smoking and drinking, telling you his life story. Fred Pascente talks about the amazing life he led in a familiar voice. He died of a stroke before this book took off. This is a cautionary tale, no doubt.
Woa! Sorry to stop your flow of reading. I wanted to interject and say that this is an older review. I know, old content isn’t always great. However, if you’re reading this, just know that this is a review that I wrote after reading the book in 2018. I’m working on 2019’s reviews, and will post them as I can, but this is from my archives. Sorry to break up the flow again, just continue reading, and please try the fish! I mean, buy the book.
If you have seen the movie “A Bronx Tale”, then you know about what it is like to see your heroes be something bad. In that movie, you get a young man that idolizes the wise guys. The same can be said about “Goodfellas”, and that’s what happens to Fred Pascente. Pascente grows up seeing the mob getting all the money, the girls, and that’s what he wants. He grows up as a bad kid, but things change for him when he joins the police force. In the police force he was a good cop, until he starts to let the money and bribes get to him. He starts to favor the mob guys, and well, that comes with a lot of pressure and benefits at the same time.
Fred Pascente is a true antihero. He regrets a lot of what he talks about. You can tell it from the way that the book is written. There is not a lot of focus on the grizzly details of what happened. There are terms like “Shotgunned to death” instead of any other gore. In fact, this is the case along many of stories that are written in this book. That to me, shows restraint. I’ve read other books where the violence is absolutely center stage. Pascente knows what he has done is wrong, and he openly talks about that. He is not a stone cold killer, but someone that just like you or I, gets caught up in making money to support his family and then finds himself in a position of power. Maybe power does corrupt.
This is a tale that has a lot of ups, but the downs are insane. If you have seen the movie “Casino” then you most likely know the stories that are focused on. Well, Fred knows some of the real life characters and was there when hits were ordered, as well as when some of the main characters were killed. He is familiar and retells some of them. However, when he tells them, he points to the way that the Hollywood movie differs from what really happens. In that, I found great information pushed through this book.
Here we go, what do you give a book that is so honest about crime and violence? I give it a 3 out of 5. I know that’s a bit lower than my usual ratings, but hear me out. This is a true story of a bad cop. He admits it. But I found that the details were too muted at times. Then there are moments where the stories seem to meander a bit. I do appreciate the work that Sam Reaves does to put together the stories in a narrative, but there’s a lot of jumping around and points that are a bit disjointed for me. I liked the book, and at times loved it, but some of this feels like it was treading on waters we already have read and seen before.
That’s why I have to give this a 3 rather than a 4. It’s well written, easy to read, and definitely faster than others. However, it’s just not as good as others that I have read recently. “Mob Cop” is definitely a book you want to read if you’re a fan of mob stories, and true life details of bad cops and rogue heroes.
You can purchase “Mob Cop” by Fred Pascente by clicking here, and ordering it from Amazon.