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NCJ Number: 140123 Find in a Library
Title: Coffey Files: One Cop's War Against the Mob
Author(s): J Coffey; J Schmetterer
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 253
Sponsoring Agency: St Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Publication Number: ISBN 0-312-06934-0
Sale Source: St Martin's Press
Scholarly & Reference Division
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book recounts the 30-year career of a New York City police detective who rose through the ranks to command a special unit dedicated to solving Mafia murders.
Abstract: Under the guidance of Detective Sergeant Joseph Coffey, the special unit became known as the Coffey gang. The unit solved more than 80 mob hits and sent hundreds of mobsters to prison. Coffey personally arrested several of the leading Mafia figures in the United States, including Paul Castellano and John Gotti. The book covers Coffey's career, from his days as a rookie plainclothes police officer when he followed a mobster's trail from New York City's Little Italy to the Vatican, to his eventual command of the Coffey gang. The book describes the inner workings of organized criminals, the extent of organized crime in New York City, and investigatory procedures used by the New York City Police Department. Photographs
Main Term(s): Organized crime control units
Index Term(s): Mob infiltration; New York; Organized crime prevention
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