A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: The son of New York’s most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised. From the age of eight, Al DeMeo spent a lot of time with his father, Roy—on loansharking collections, in the auto-repair shop from which he. Albert DeMeo was six when his father gave him his first gun. Eleven years later, in , the cops summoned him to identify his father’s corpse.

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His childhood was ruined because of mafia interference, and his father reached out to him for help. Albert at the start of ,y book is an innocent youth who ssins that he has the greatest father in the world, until slowly Albert begins to realize that his father, Roy DeMeo is a mobster.

This was really eye opening to the outside world away from the everyday norm. Well, maybe the media image of it didn’t, but such people are obviously too young to remember the war between the Five Families of the s that touched even the sleepy Midwestern dmeeo where I grew up. He tried to think of his father as a smart businessman, who functioned slightly outside the law – after all, he told himself, the law’s just an arbitrary line.

I felt that this book was an okay read.

Mar 27, Samantha Snooks rated it it was amazing. Throughout his whole life, he worried constantly when he did not know where his father was and if he was even alive. Wielding a silver tongue and an observant set of eyes, he’s qualified to give brisk judgments regarding a character’s personality by their footwear. The second problem I had with this abert was the person Albert depicted as his father.

On top of that, Albert later developed depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and he even had a few suicide attempts. The only time I xemeo felt interested in him was when he went after the twins who killed his father. Afther him to give up a childhood and spend his time dealing with mafia related events with his sisn friend, his father, is not something kids his age would often do.

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. I believe that all his actions had albrrt reasons, even the bad ones. I really liked this book. DeMeo always knew his father was in the Mafia. His childhood was ruined This memoir really expressed fathr lot of misery and tough situations. For the Sins of My Father recounts the chilling rise and fall of the man who led the Gambino family’s most fearsome killers and thieves, through the eyes of a son who had never known any other kind of life.

Mar 22, Isabel rated it really liked it. It’s a shame what Albert had to deal with after his father’s death, but I approve of him setting aside his revenge for a better life. It was easy to enjoy, from the characters to the setting, it left me completely speechless. But when Al is seventeen, Roy’s body is found in the trunk of a car, ot gangland slaying that places Al between federal prosecutors seeking his testimony and a mob crew determined to keep him quiet.


The son of New York’s most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised by a cold-blooded murderer, who was also a devoted family man, and the wrenching legacy of Mafia family life.

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Al DeMeo will never forget the day in when a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunted him with a copy of the hot new book Murder Machine, chronicling the horrific criminal demmeo of DeMeo’s father, Roy, the head of the most fathed gang in organized crime. To view it, click here. The most captivating person, and arguably the person who shares the role of main character, is none other than the titular, sinful father, Roy DeMeo.

With the implacable narrative drive of a thriller and the power of a painfully honest memoir, For the Sins of My Father presents a startling and unprecedented perspective on the underworld of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life. He doesn’t try to deny that his father fathwr people, including in one case an innocent college kid who was mistaken as a Columbian hit man. The one thing that got me completely hooked is the fact that fatjer has an interesting perspective of a child that got pulled into a world of fear, violence, and power.

Sine in Touch Sign up. This memoir really expressed a lot of misery and tough situations. Desperate to abide by the father-son bond, but equally determined to escape his father’s dangerous and doomed life, Al Demeo embarks on a courageous quest for the truth, reconciliation, and honor.

Only fwther find he must wear his own. It was very obvious that he faced a lot of internal struggles and it really made you feel for both him and Roy.

The loving tale between a mobster and his loyal son was so unbelievably good that I could barely put it down. This is the story of one Mafia “enforcer”, the father referenced in the title seen through the eyes of his son.

My old man, the hitman For the Sins of My Father by Albert DeMeo with Mary Jane Ross – Telegraph

I think it’s great that Albert was accepting and supportive, though a bit hesitant, about h For any regular outsider, Albert’s childhood would not seem normal, but for Albert, he was enjoying himself.

With the success of HBO’s The Sopranoswhich will begin airing again September 15, plus the recent death of Gambino head John Gotti, expect much interest in, and many sales for, this electrifying title.


Offers a remarkable perspective on how a brutal mobster could lead a sweet home life as a suburban dad. You would assume that growing up in the environment Albert grew up in, he would think it is okay to kill people, steal money, and do anything against the law.

Albert DeMeo: “For The Sins of My Father”

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This book is one of the first Mafia based books I have read and a great one at that; it only heightens my urges to read another one alike to it. Before Albert was a teen, he had become the principal confidant of his father, who was a soldier and then a made man with the Gambinos, picking up payoffs, familiar with wise guys and guns; Albert’s involvement was such that only a few years later he practiced, with his dad, at what angle he would shoot Roy when and if Roy needed to fake his own death.

I find myself torn as I sit h Having never read a mafia book before, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I was given this book to read. This coming of age novel showed a bitter and sweet side of a familythat wasn’t perfect, but then again no family is perfect.

The book is not as violent as I feared it might be; the author is not interested in the gory details–details that his father tried to keep from him, all the time he was grooming him to understand “the business. No one can survive that burden.

For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life by Albert Demeo

With the implacable narrative drive of a thriller and the power of a painfully honest memoir, For the Sins of My Father presents a startling and unprecedented perspective on the underworld of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life. Looking for More Great Reads? However, Mu sure that writing the book was an exercise in catharsis for him, an essential part of that recovery. Coming from a girl who loves The Godfather not Godfather 3 so much and Goodfellows, I really enjoyed diving into this book.

Albert himself is entirely straightforward about the crimes that his father committed, even going as far to admit his father’s own morality about going to hell when he was dead.

The entire time I was amazed by how the Mafia works and how Albert had a mediocre part in it. The pure absurdity and danger presented in many of the situations kept me extremely engaged in the DeMeo family story.