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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But while life continued to take a turn for him he For the Sins of My Father was an incredible memoir to read which I really enjoyed from start to finish. Al DeMeo will never forget the day in when a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunted him with a 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.

It made my heart break when I read about what he had to go through as he grew up.

Until he is saved by his childhood friends and begins to recover. It’s a shame what Albert had to deal with after his father’s death, but I approve of him setting aside his revenge for a better life. Having never read a mafia book before, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I was given this book to read. It was very obvious that he faced a lot of internal struggles and it albeft made you feel for both him and Roy.

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

This book is based on a true story and that makes it even crazier; seeing what the main character went through and his life. The stories Albert would share with the readers about his childhood would make me fall in love with the family man Roy was. Albert is forced Being the son of notorious mobster Roy DeMeo, and growing up in his father shadow Albert DeMeo quickly learned the mob life.


Mar 29, Nayema Rana rated it it was amazing. Feb 02, Robert rated it really alnert it Shelves: The main characters are detailed within their emotions, qlbert and thoughts. In Pictures – the story of love and romance: Knowing that the book was a memoir made it even more interesting.

It took away from the overall feel of the book because I was so busy trying to keep track of the characters that I didn’t have time to react all that was happening in eemeo story.

When Albert describes the many times that he has not slept at night until his father came home, I could not help but feel For the Sins of My Father is filled with so much suspense and detail. I definitely empathized with Albert as I felt he was thrown into the life he lived, not really given od of a choice on what he was and wasn’t exposed to another reason why I can not view Roy in a positive light.

Albert had made so many sacrifices and to me is the best person in the book, tje to his personality and characteristics.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Oct 21, Erica M rated it really liked it. A memoir full of ups and down, a memoir of the mafia life from a little qlbert boy’s point of view.

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

A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: For example, when Roy told Albert to only kill someone when he had a good reason, he instantly pulled out a gun when he was put to the “test” by his father and Uncle Joe. Mafia cognoscenti will recognize the DeMeo name, for the author’s father, Roy, gunned down by fellow mobsters inhas in recent years gained a reputation as one of the most ruthless members of the Gambino family, responsible for dozens of killings.

Sep 09, Pages Buy. Parts of it are debatable–was an 8-yr-old boy really treated like such a princeling? Reality did resurface every time for me however when Roy would take his son into the city to run “errands”. Roy is painted as a terrific father by the actions he does to help his family. 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.


Albert DeMeo: “For The Sins of My Father”

This unforgettable memoir looks deep into the life of the mafia and is a book I would ,y to any teenager. Although, at the beginning of the book there was like twenty characters Albert, who was also the author, was someone that stood out. Coming of ddmeo in an opulent Long Island house where money is abundant but its source is unclear, Al becomes Roy’s confidant, sent to call in loans at age fourteen and gradually coming to understand his father’s job description–loan shark, car thief, porn purveyor and, above all, murderer.

Rather although this book was quite well written there are only two problems I had with it, the first being the multitude of characters presented to us at the beginning of the book and the person Albert depicted as his father.

This sjns really comes full circle and through reading about the experience of a young man, in search of truth and reconciliation, the reader gets to see what is left out of movies like the Godfather. Overall I would recommend this piece to anyone who wants a unique experience on a topic that doesn’t receive allot of attention.

The genuine love Robert had for his father was truly something I admired about the book. I think it’s great that Albert was accepting and supportive, though a bit hesitant, about his father’s lifestyle. Overall, this was an amazing book. Apr 05, Alexis Reynard rated it really liked it. The book kicked off with a great beginning and in my opinion never reached a low point where I could not bear to read it.

Apr 14, Cody J rated it really liked it.