• Murder Machine

  • A True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Mafia
  • By: Gene Mustain, Jerry Capeci
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (375 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They were the DeMeo gang - the most deadly hit men in organized crime. Their Mafia higher-ups came to know, use, and ultimately fear them as the Murder Machine. They killed for profit and for pleasure, following cold-blooded plans and wild whims, from the mean streets of New York to the Florida Gold Coast, and from coast to coast. 

Now complete with personal revelations of one of the key players, this is the savage story that leaves no corpse unturned in its terrifying telling.

©1992 Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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stop browsing and just get it.

I don't usually bother to write anything and just rate a book with stars but this true story reads like a novel, regardless of the complex story it tells. enjoyed it so much I felt like I had to put my two cents in.

regardless of the overused idiom "don't judge a book by its cover", when I purchased this book it didn't have cover art in the audible app. I kind of felt hesitant to buy it based on that fact alone (which is pretty ridiculous) but my hunger for a comprehensive story about 'the butcher of flatlands' overcame my trepidation about buying a book with no cover.

it's rare you find a true crime story involving so many murders, in which one of its heros is not a member of law enforcement, and is instead technically a well established career criminal. The central character in this book whose eyes we get to glimpse the story through is Dominic Montiglio, a decorated Vietnam veteran. The authors do a great job conveying the complexity of his situation, and we get the best look inside the DeMeo crew we'll probably ever get.

I feel like this story is often overlooked because of John Gotti's attention hungry attitude. The story of Dominic Montiglio, Nino Gaggi, Roy Demeo, and the Gemini Lounge is so much more interesting, violent, and complex, than the story of John Gotti stumbling his way through the Gambino family and into prison.

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Get your mob on

Ok I read this book when it first came out & was thinking when's the movie version coming ? All these years later it finally made it to Audible but I'm guessing no movie . Looking back now there are some mistakes , Featherstone was not a Green Beret, & maybe you take some of it with a grain of salt, especially first hand accounts but hey it's a good tail of 70's & 80's NYC & how the mob ran things . Good narration , lots of characters and a few heroes . Overall a good summer listen .

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One of the Best

I’ve loved this book for years and was so excited to see it on Audible. Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain are masters at telling Gangland stories and do an especially outstanding job with Murder Machine. You think John Gotti was scary? Read/listen to this book and learn about the below-the-radar-frightening Roy DeMeo crew. The DeMeo story may not be as well-known as some others out there, but it should be! I highly recommend this book!

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all around great book

i've heard bits and peices of this story from other sources and it was great to get this perspective on it. a truely crazy story about some truely crazy and sick people. if you are interested in the subject of the mob specifically from the 70's on then you have probably heard of Roy deMeo and if you want to hear his story and get the behind the sceens details then you picked the right book. great story great performance great book

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Brooklyn

I was born and raised in Brooklyn lived in Canarsie for almost 20 years...The Gemini lounge is actually at church today...I’ve been to quite a few chop shops when I was a kid it is really amazing to know this book is out there hundred percent factual

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great book

I really like books and stories about this crew. They're more fascinating than Gotti. Too bad there isn't more about these guys.

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Great True Crime Book

Great story, characters, and very well written. This is a must read and hard to put down.

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Madness

Such a compelling tale of the early years if the 20th Century in the Bronx. Roy De Meo and this crime family and the barbarity and havoc they brought is mind-boggling. Great book, Fantastic story.

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Historically important with a pinch of Hollywood.

Heavily biased from a point of a "main character source info" -Dominik (Green beret).

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Cops and robbers and killers

Great true crime stuff here. The narrator’s voice was perfect for the material and tone of the text. I had to take a couple of breaks because the detailed accounting of some frankly sordid lives was exhausting for me after a point, but I kept coming back. A very nicely done book and production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-21

Amazing read!!!

This is probably the best book on the Mafia on audible and I have them all. Once you get a few chapters into this, it will have dispelled any romantic perception that people have about the Mafia and it’s not for the squeamish or faint hearted.

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  • b a plume
  • 05-03-21

fantastic

one of the all time best mob books ever. incredible to think it happened

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  • ian
  • 11-17-21

grim reality

excellent book recounting the harsh reality of the mafia life. bit like a real game of thrones who will win or lose. I recommend. funnily enough no mention of kuklinski and I think he was fibbing about his involvement

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  • gary mclaren
  • 09-24-22

Boring.

Really didn’t enjoy this. Just boring rubbish. One of the worst books I e read on the mafia

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  • H. Hadley
  • 06-15-22

A must for those interested in the Mafia

Absolutely stunning book! Not for the squeamish but a must read for those interested in the Mafia.

No detail is left out and everything is timelined beautifully. Great book, wonderfully narrated!

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  • sye burnside
  • 05-26-22

amazing

absoloutly loved it. Best book I've read about the mafia and I have read over 7 books. this is my favourite.

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  • DEAN
  • 02-11-22

GREAT BOOK LOVED IT

Great book with great story's absolutely loved it and dint want it to finish

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  • Jmh
  • 10-13-21

Lost it

Found it very difficult to follow a lot going on so many names not the best of narrators . He needs to take a breath every now and then .
There’s no story just murder after murder after murder !

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  • Mr. S. D. Patterson
  • 09-26-21

Listen with a stiff drink.

Fascinating, gruesome, superb narration. An intimate look into a world of darkness, depravity and torment.

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  • PaulC6230
  • 09-09-21

Brilliant

This was a brilliant telling of the DeMeo gang and how evil and crazy they were. Highly recommend

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  • Zacq768
  • 11-18-21

boring

I listened to a 15 hour book on Salt that was more interesting than this. I don't know if it's because there were so many names being thrown around or if it was the narrator but damn I was not paying attention.