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Author Dennis Griffin will sign copies of his true crime book.
Author Dennis Griffin will sign copies of his true crime book.
Huntington Press

He was a secret soldier in one of the most famous familias in New York. After decades under the influence of the mob, Andrew DiDonato spilled his share of sordid tales to Las Vegas author Dennis N. Griffin for his book “Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier’s Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family.”

The latest title from Huntington Press will be released Saturday and the author and subject are making themselves available throughout the month for goodfella fans. Mob enthusiasts can gush over their favorite wiseguy and meet many of the mob’s prolific tale tellers during the Clark County Library’s Mob Month events throughout January.

On January 4, Griffin and DiDonato will be at the library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road to sign copies of the book for fans and to participate in a panel discussion with former FBI special agent Dennis Arnoldy as well as former mob associate “Fat Sal” Mangiavillano. This is sure to be an interesting discussion among former adversaries and friends. It begins at 7 p.m. in the main theater January 11.

The following week, author Warren Hull and TV reporter Jonathan Humbert will answer questions and discuss one of Las Vegas more famous mob links for the 7 p.m. panel “Who Killed Bugsy Siegel?” Meyer Lansky’s grandson, Meyer Lansky III, will also join in and Arnoldy will give some perspective from the FBI files on the doomed casino mogul.

Always a pleasant interview and fun story spinner Henry Hill (who was the inspiration for the movie “Goodfellas”) will join Frank Cullotta and DiDonato, Griffin, Mob Museum curator Kathleen Hickey Barrie and actor Craig Vincent for a spirited discussion on Hollywood’s take on the mob at 7 p.m. January 18.

Finally, Mayor Oscar Goodman, who represented many an alleged mobster in Las Vegas over the last four decades, will join DiDonato and Griffin for “Surviving the Mob” January 25 at 7 p.m.

Curious if you’ve got a wiseguy in the family tree? Members of the Clark County Genealogical Society will demonstrate how to connect family lines to find if there are any notorious fellas in your lineage.

Call 702-507-3458 for more information or go to


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