Bugging Big Paul

BOSS OF BOSSES

by Joseph F. O'Brien and Andris Kurins; Simon & Schuster 364 pages; $22.95

In 1983, against considerable odds, the two FBI special agents who authored this slam-bang policier placed a bug in the Staten Island mansion of Paul ("the Pope") Castellano, New York City's boss of crime bosses. The tap eventually led to the indictment of Castellano, along with more than 100 of his underlings, in the so-called Commission case. Joseph O'Brien and Andris Kurins did the honors, but more like courtiers than arresting officers. They took Castellano to the federal court complex in Manhattan by a back...

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