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New York Times. She Was Only a Racketeer's Daughter by Amy Pagnozzi

New York Times. She Was Only a Racketeer's Daughter by Amy Pagnozzi

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Articles and commentary by award-winning columnist and writer Amy Pagnozzi from venues including Elle, Glamour, Esquire, New York Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post and other publications. New York Magazine, the New York Daily News, , whose work has been published in the New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, Esquire, Elle Magazine, Glamour and other publications.
Articles and commentary by award-winning columnist and writer Amy Pagnozzi from venues including Elle, Glamour, Esquire, New York Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post and other publications. New York Magazine, the New York Daily News, , whose work has been published in the New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, Esquire, Elle Magazine, Glamour and other publications.

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She 
Was
Only 
a 
RaGketeer~s
Daughter 
MOB 
GIRL
A
Woman's 
Life
in
theUn
derwo
rld..
By
Teresa
Car
p
enter
.
Illu
strated..
288
pp
.
New
York:
Simon
&
Schu
ster
.
$21
ByAmy 
Pagnozzi
Y
OU
may
hav
enoticed,
readingthe
front
pages
of
the
tabloids,
th
at reJII>rters who
coverthe
Mafia
have
highlysensitive, exquisitely
at
tuned
quiver
thresholds
.
GODFATHER 
TALKS!!!
"It's
mind
over
matter-
ifyoudon't
mind
,
it
doesn't
matter,"says 
John
Gotti.EXCLUSIVE!!! VictoriaGottitells
"what
Johnny is
really
like.Heis a  wonderful
father
.
The
children
adorehim
."
So
maybe themobster and 
his
missus
said
nothingof
substance
.
So
what
?
They
sa
idit 
to
us.
Even
·
the
mere
st"Hey,
guy," called
outby
Mr. Gotti,
can
tran
s
form
courthousescribe
into
Made 
Reporter
-
at
least
in
the
pre
ss
room
.In.this
atmosphere
,you
can see
how 
thrilled
Tere
sa
Carpenter 
must 
have
been to
snare
Arlyne
Brickman 
as
the subjectof
"Mob G irl: A
Woman
's
Lifein
the
Underworld
."
Th
e
re 
are
virtually
nobooks
on
womenmobster
s,
apart
from 
novels.
Richard
Condon
gave
us
Iren
e 
Walker
,
freelan
ce
hitwoman,
in
"Prizzi's
Honor
,"
but
shewas
fiction,
where
as 
Ms.
Brickman
is
real
,aJewish
racketeer'sdaughter
raised
on
the
Low
er
East
Sideinthe
day
sofM eyer Lans
ky
,Bugsy
Si
ege
landLouis
(Lepke)
Buchalter
.Onthe 
face
of it,Ms. 
Brickman
is
quiteth
e ch
arac
ter
,
cru
ising 
aro
undina p inkCadillac
sc
oping
out"dangerou
s"
men
like
Jimm
yDoyle
and
Joe
Colombo in
her
que
st to
be
the ne
xt 
Virginia Hill.
"In
my 
eyes,"
says
Ms.
Brickman,
"he
re
w
as 
a
broad 
that
reall
y
mad
eitgood."
From
hergir lhoods
he
ke
pt
a
sc
rapbook
ce
le
brating
the 
cafe
society
adve
ntures 
of Hillandhe rboyfriend
Bug
sy
Siegel;she
eve
.ncopied H ill
's
clo
the
s 
Amy
Pagnoul
isa
co
lumnist
for
The
New
York
Po
st.
I
riiOM
·
woeGR.
·
Arlyne
Brickman,
at
15
,
in
Miami
in
thelate 
1940'
s.
Arlyne
Bn.ckman's
is
the
story
not 
so
much
of
a
mob
girlas 
of
a
mob 
groupie.
I
anddyedher h
air 
jet
black. Actually,Hill'sh
air
wa
s
red,
but inthenews
paper
s
it
looked
black
to Ms.
Brickman
.Whichis about
as
good a 
metaph
or
as 
a
ny
for
what
is 
wrong
witht
hi
s book.Ms.
Brickman
is
st
r
ee
t
-smartandperc
e
ptive
,f
or
s
ure
-
but
n
ot
to thed
egree
THENEW 
YORK
TIMES 
BOOK 
REVIEW 

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