This is a family- and business-friendly blog. However, my reputation is in jeopardy of being defiled by my friend Bruce Reed, the CFO of PracticeLink. Mark, “You need to read this book,” he kept suggesting.
Before talking about the book Scores, some backstory is needed. Over a three-month span, I read books that included Bad Blood, American Kingpin, Hatching Twitter, and The Informant. So Mr. Reed knows I love narrative non-fiction. So he kept floating the title Scores to me.
If you know the Scores story, don’t judge Bruce on his suggestion. Not only does he breeze his way through economics books and other complex reads, he’s one of the smartest CFO’s I’ve ever worked with who happens to read widely. Now on to the book.
No Breaks for a Strip Club Owner
There’s strike one, opening a strip club. Just say, “No.” Don’t ever do it.
What else can we make of this book? Is it worth reading? Is there redemptive value inside the book? Let’s start with my observations without revealing any spoilers:
- Michael Blutrich tells readers in his memoir how he was extorted out of millions of dollars from the Gambino family. What do you expect when you open this type of club in New York?
- As a reader, am I supposed to be impressed with the way the played undercover informant for the FBI? I’ll say this, he maintained his sense of humor during this ordeal as parts of the undercover work were hilarious.
- Also, am I supposed to feel sorry for the author when U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway showed no mercy whatsoever during his sentencing in a Florida insurance fraud case even though the FBI and U.S. Attorney General was pushing hard for leniency?
My Verdict on Scores
I may be tougher than Judge Conway was on Blutrich. I read to either be educated, inspired, or entertained.
I was a little reluctant to start the book because I had no idea what to expect. The subject matter seemed to keep saying to me, “You won’t like it.”
I suppose that I relearned that I never want to get in the mob’s crosshairs, but didn’t we learn that lesson from the horse’s head scene in the Godfather? I also learned that the country’s top law enforcement agencies cannot back their promises, even to courageous informants who bring down an infamous mafia family.
For financial leadership applicability, I give the book 2 stars out of 5. For entertainment value, I give it a 5.
The book is funny in many parts, but obviously serious throughout the rest. The book feels like, listens like fiction. Hollywood will never need to embellish this too-good-to-be-true story for a movie should that
If you decide to get it, I recommend the audio version as the author reads it himself. I’m not even sure another performer could have accentuated some of the craziness that Blutrich described while ratting on members of and tied to the Gambino family.
Let me know what you think. And Bruce, no more recommendations.
According to the Kolbe A™ Index, I’m a Fact Finder (my full score is 8-8-2-2). That means I instinctively research in depth. Like I do with many memoirs, I do follow-up reading on the subject matter and read recent interviews of the author.
If you’d like to know more about the story without reading the book, this first of a two-part video by Crime Watch is good:
Title Photo Attribution: Mauricio Mascaro