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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It is also a book that shows the violence of the Mob and the thoughts, ideas, and way of thinking as a “wise guy”.

In my opinion Albert was extremely strong and was willing to do anything to keep his de,eo and friends safe and happy. This novel kept me on my toes all throughout the story, I had trouble being able to put it down especially on the suspense parts.

For the Sins of My Father

All the character detail that he includes – the dramatic, manipulative grandmother; the sunglasses-wearing mob boss; the pretty, vacuous, high-school girlfriend; the mute mother – seem peripheral. From rigging horse races, loan sharking, stealing cars, filming porn, to contract killing; Albert learned how his family’s luxury lifestyle was afforded.

I love reading memoirs and crime stories, so this gave me the best of both. Mar 22, Isabel rated it really liked it. DeMeo is so concerned with recreating his child’s-eye view of a loving father, that he mimics a child’s confusion.

Albert faced his problems head on and even though he had lonely times where he couldn’t think straight he had great friends who helped him though it all. Lists with This Book. The emotionally and physiological trauma from his fathers death and the outcome of the Gemini gangs actions are just two reasons as to why Alberts struggled in his adulthood. Th This novel kept me on my toes all throughout the story, I had trouble being able to put it down especially on the suspense parts.

May 30, Anthony rated it really liked it. Even though Roy slowly exposed his son into the crime world, he never failed to be a good father. Oct 22, Abdullah Azam rated it it was amazing. In the end half of the book you can see how he is changing as a person, trying to become healthy and mentally stable. The way Albert was describing Roy, I would often hope that Roy would come out of everything okay and they would continue to live their lives.


If killers are just evil monsters, how can they be such loving fathers; genuine in their affection?

Although It’s hard to justify Alberts action, I can’t ignore the fact that it was his up bringing that caused him to struggle with right and wrong. DeMeo emboldens the power of a father and son bond and how a legacy can be tattooed onto an individual’s life.

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

Parts of it are debatable–was an 8-yr-old boy really treated like such a princeling? For the Sins of My Father is an extraordinary novel that delves into what appears similar to fiction. I am not a huge, huge reader, but I’d have to say that I loved reading every page in this book. It made my heart break when I read about what he fathdr to go through as he grew up.

A memoir full of ups and down, a memoir of the mafia life from a little innocent boy’s point of view.

Oct 15, Sian Day rated it really liked it. The way DeMeo portrays his father as this loving and supportive figure even though the reader is well aware demso the true identity of his father.

Albert em For the Sins of My Father is an extraordinary fathet that delves into what appears similar to fiction. However he also dragged his family, mainly Albert, into the lethal mess that is the mafia which makes the reader question his thoughts and actions as a whole Throughout his whole life, he worried constantly when he did not know where his father was and if he was even alive.

It was easy to enjoy, from the characters to the setting, it left me completely speechless. But we don’t learn Roy DeMeo’s chief claim to fame until odd pages into the book: This memoir, For the Sins of My Father, is what a therapist would call an attempt to find closure. As I read on I saw the development of Albert DeMeo throughout the book and just how much his dads job affected his life during childhood and adulthood, in both positive and negative ways. Indeed, after finishing it, I was surprised at how little I’d learned.

It’s a study in the half-truths that a wounded child learns to believe, and as such it is fascinating. I am obsessed with anything to do with the mob. DeMeo, and that was the life he lived as a mobster.

For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life

It is likely such memories of the just and unjust actions of his father plague DeMeo as he walks with his memories today, so I believe he is deserving of a little complaining. 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 underworld of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life.


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. Don’t the cops bend the rules when it suits them? For the Sins of My Father is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read.

I believe that Roy should have a done a better job raising his son, especially when he is introduced to hookers, guns and the entire mafia lifestyle.

He tried to think of his father as a smart businessman, who functioned slightly outside the law – after all, he told himself, the law’s just an arbitrary line. Read it Forward Read it first. 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.

Al DeMeo will never forget the day in hhe a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunted him with gather copy of the hot new book Murder Machine, chronicling the horrific criminal life of DeMeo’s father, Roy, the head of the most deadly gang in organized crime.

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For the Sins of My Father recounts the chilling rise and fall of the man who led the Gambino family’s most fearsome killers and thieves, through the eyes of a son who had never known any other kind of life. Coming of age in an opulent Long Island house where money is abundant but its source is unclear, Al becomes Roy’s confidant, sent to call oof loans at age fourteen and gradually coming to understand his father’s job description–loan shark, car thief, porn purveyor and, above all, murderer.

Mar 27, Samantha Snooks rated it it was amazing. I think it’s great that Albert was accepting and supportive, though a bit hesitant, about his father’s lifestyle.