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Not So Glamorous: "The Life" by Larry Mazza

Author Larry Mazza tells his twisting, turning, true story of an average young Brooklyn boy who is seduced by a sexy older woman, mentored by a Mob boss, and finds himself living The Life in the heart of the Mafia.

In his book, The Life, Larry Mazza tells about his parents and his childhood, his time attending college, and the moment his life took a fateful turn and brought him deep into La Cosa Nostra.

When Mazza got involved with Linda Scarpa he soon met her husband, Colombo family capo Greg Scarpa. Known as “The Grim Reaper,” Scarpa actually took a liking to the young Mazza and became his mentor. Mazza soon found himself immersed in the Colombo family war, attending secret meetings, taking part in betrayals and shootings, and ultimately landing in prison.

In this Wiseguy Speaker Series discussion from May 17, 2018, Mazza covers topics like:

- The chance encounter with Linda Scarpa that changed Mazza’s life
- What it was like to be mentored by “The Grim Reaper”
- The Colombo family war
- Mazza’s personal experience in prison
- The deal that led to the downfall of a corrupt FBI agent

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