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.