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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Also I doubt the government of Italy would s I see many reviews here that treat this memoir as a “novel”, which suprised me at first.

Albert DeMeo: “For The Sins of My Father” – Diane Rehm

Praise Offers a remarkable perspective on how a brutal mobster could lead a sweet home life as a suburban dad. 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 femeo of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life. I found that I liked reading about Albert throughout his life.

Oct 13, Darian albett it really liked it.

In a way though, he did go through a war. Stay in Touch Sign up. For example, young Albert would have a gun in his pocket and would be watching over his sister in the playground instead of playing with his own classmates. Twenty years after his father’s death, DeMeo still tries to excuse him, still relies on moral equivalency.

Sep 09, Pages Buy. Albert’s autobiography gives us a unique look at someone involved in a high level in the mafia, the perspective from a child.

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

On top of that, Albert later developed depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ghe, and he even had a few suicide attempts. Only to find he must wear his own. This memoir, For the Sins of My Father, is what a therapist would call an attempt to find closure.

This is the story of one Mafia “enforcer”, the father referenced in the title seen through fatherr eyes of his son. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Albert DeMeo: “For The Sins of My Father”

Don’t the cops bend the rules when it suits them? 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. We are not intended to bear each other’s. Whether that means carrying a gun around everywhere even to school, or keeping an eye on his sister’s to make sure they are safe, or even collecting cash from strip clubs his father owned.


Mar 29, Nayema Rana rated it it was amazing. It was as if he went back in time to when his father first died and was forced to relive how he felt, he ultimately went in a albdrt spiral and became suicidal. A young kid learned the not so glamorous life style of the mafia which will only creep up on you in life. Afther 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.

But despite learning at his father’s knee to “shoot twice in the head; make sure they’re dead; then slit their fg throats”, he believed that his dad killed only reluctantly, under necessity. Albert in my opinion, was someone who I have so much sympathy for because he seemed to miss out on a happy, healthy childhood.

He intentionally allowed Albert to grow into a young man who was clearly suited for this lifestyle; even though he claimed multiple times throughout the memoir that the mafia wasn’t the lifestyle he wanted for Albert. To me, I see Roy like any other guy, trying to make enough money to support his family for a great life. Mainly, the premise isns the entire book is what grabbed my attention and kept me reading.

For the Sins of My Father fayher such an intense and suspenseful book that was full of action. I thought this was a exceptionally amazing memoir.

I truly fell in love with the family man Roy was, half the time I didn’t even think of him as a mobster because he was just so caring and loving towards his family and friends. I think that Albert made the right choice to leave the mafia life behind after Roy’s death, though he was left with PTSD at the end.

I had no idea that the mafia life was so prominent in the United States. Sunday 30 December Overall I would recommend this piece to anyone who wants a unique experience on a topic that doesn’t receive allot of attention. This coming of age fatther showed a bitter and sweet side of a familythat wasn’t perfect, but then again no family is perfect.

Oct 21, Erica M rated it really liked it. Anyone can be a murderer, you truly can not judge a book by its cover: Apr 06, Bean rated it really liked it. For the Sins of My Father is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read.


The one thing that got me completely hooked is the fact that it has an interesting perspective of a child that got pulled into a world of fear, violence, and power.

There’s the familiar other side of Mob life kf, too, the wide circle of eccentric acquaintances and the robust celebrations centered around a nuclear family in which mom and kids other than Albert floated unaware of the crimes of father and son; but what eats through this book like acid is the horror, mixed with undying love and loyalty, that Albert feels as over the years he learns just what his father did for money—a horror that as an adult would send the author into a mental hospital but which he has now assimilated sufficiently to write this painful, ablert, unforgettable memoir.

How could he have spent sinx life looking up to, and loving, a vicious killer? In my opinion Albert was extremely strong and was willing to do anything to keep his family and friends safe and happy.

It’s hard to ignore the harsh truth of Roy DeMeos actions, but I think Albert does a great job in showing the two sides to the story and exposing us the gentle, kinder side of Roy DeMeo; a side only his family knew.

The publishers bill this book as sns real life Sopranos”. It skns very obvious that he faced a lot of internal struggles and it really made you feel for both him and Roy.

Every chapter leaves you wanting to know more, so if the mob is your kinda read then this book is a yes and even if your not entertained by the mob this book is a great read as well. More worryingly, these characters seem like cliches. For example when Albert is in the process of attempting suicide and he waits until his wife leaves him so she doesn’t have to see his dead body, or when he places towels on the floor to prevent people form having to clean up his bloody remains, he was always looking out for other people, always completely selfless and compassionate.

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