Gaspipe - Philip Carlo


By Philip Carlo

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 76 Ratings


The boss of New York's infamous Lucchese crime family, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso's life in the Mafia was preordained from birth. His rare talent for "earning"—concocting ingenious schemes to hijack trucks, rob banks, and bring vast quantities of drugs into New York—fueled his unstoppable rise up the ladder of organized crime. A mafioso responsible for at least fifty murders, Casso lived large, with a beautiful wife and money to burn. When the law finally caught up with him in 1994, Casso became the thing he hated most—an informer.

From his blood feud with John Gotti to his dealings with the "Mafia cops," decorated NYPD officers Lou Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, to the Windows case, which marked the beginning of the end for the New York Mob, Gaspipe is Anthony Casso's shocking story—a roller-coaster ride into an exclusive netherworld that reveals the true inner workings of the Mafia, from its inception to the present time.


  • A hot mess

    By Kudakid19932
    The work is full of errors (Valachi testified in 1962, not 1952) and poor style with Carlo jumping around subjects like a kid with untreated ADHD, because yes, I thought a 12 year old wrote this. It wasn't until I reviewed the included photos that I made the connection that the author's parents and Anthony Casso had been friends and neighbors. So...the book often reads as a subjective, biased, tainted work of homage to a wily and cunning but amorally murderous mob thug. This is NOT a serious study of the mob (never even heard mention of Michael Franzese when discussing the gas tax scam)'s just a slapped together group of rumors from mob folklore interspersed with loving tales of Casso's "justified" rationales for murder, torture, unbridled greed, and lest we forget, turning Mafia informer.
  • Unbalanced

    By ddh29
    Like Carlo’s other works, but this book was unbalanced. Made Casso out to bean almost perfect husband, father and humanitarian. Book was more PR spin than a real biography.
  • Carlo definitely the man for the job

    By Atm89082
    Definitely the man for the job to write about someone as vicious as gaspipe!
  • Wow!!

    By Walkwitme924
    Just finished gaspipe and it was amazing. I thought nothing could top the pitera book but this really did.
  • Amazing

    By MacOSXAgent
    Just read it. If you are a fan of the mafia and the stories that go along with it, you will not find a better read. Philip Carlo is an amazing author! All of his books rock!