Hudson County native and the author of his bestselling memoir, The Boss Always Sits In The Back, Jon D’Amore has published his long awaited sequel. Except that it’s not really a sequel. Deadfellas incorporates the best (and the worst) of the North Jersey mob with a supernatural theme, which makes for a satirical tale where everyone involved gets their just reward. Where “The Boss” was based on D’Amore’s true life events, Deadfellas stays with the Jersey mob theme, but the story is fiction. “No one would have guessed that mixing the underworld with the real underworld would result in such an entertaining combination,” D’Amore says, after receiving reviews from literary insiders and other authors fortunate enough to get advance copies. Continue reading Jon D’Amore Delivers His Next Book, Deadfellas→
When they opened Tachair Bookshoppe last July, Carol Valleau and her daughter Aleta Valleau took a gamble that local book lovers wanted something more than downloading a book to their Kindles and Nooks. The mother/daughter booksellers gambled on the idea that book lovers want a place to browse new books, thumb through old classics and maybe read a chapter or two while sipping a fresh brewed coffee. It seems their gamble paid off – big time.
“To have the ability to walk down the street and find a bookstore, it’s nearly impossible,” Carol Valleau says between trips to the counter to help customers with their purchases. “We’re the only book store in Jersey City.”
“We’re an independent bookstore to the ‘T’,” Aleta Valleau says.
New Jersey State Senator & Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack and and Commissioner Lucio Fernandez honor author Jon D’Amore at special readingof his book “The Boss Always Sits in the Back” at Willian V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City.
Jon D’Amore was honored as a former Hudson County resident who went on to Author a book that will be read by many people across the country and in the world.
Seated Author and former Hudson County resident Jon D’Amore signs copies of his book “The Boss Alway’s Sits in the Back” for Union City Police commissioner, Lucio P. Fernandez; Mayor Brian Stack; & Police Chief, Brian Barrett in Union City on May 24th, 2012
Jon D’Amore is a New Jersey native who grewup ‘connected’ to the Mob. Though not directly involved himself, Jon’s father and cousin/ godfather Jerry were affiliated with the Mob. On his 22nd birthday, Jerry invited Jon to Las Vegas to be a part of the biggest scam to ever hit the city. Over the course of two years they funneled millions of dollars out of Las Vegas casinos and into the New Jersey Mob. Upon its exposure, this scam changed gambling legislation across the United States.
Later, when the Mob ‘boss’ was facing a 40-year federal prison sentence, Jon was able to use his musical knowledge of audio recording equipment to prove that the prosecution had tampered with evidence. This led to the acquittal and removal of all charges for ‘the boss’, leaving Jon a hero to the inner circle.
In“The Boss Always Sits in the Back,”Jon gives a true account of events that he personally witnessed. His multi-dimensional take on the Mob and exploration of family relationships give this book wide appeal and lasting relevancy. Jon does not shy away from giving details of a rather perilous occupation. However, he simultaneously breathes life into a group of people that have been stereotyped and speculated on for decades.
If you grew up in New Jersey it’s likely you knew somebody who had a friend whose second cousin had a brother-in-law whose uncle was connected to “the Mob.” Born in Jersey City and raised in Union City and then Secaucus, Jon D’Amore had family members who were “connected”. An accomplished musician and songwriter, D’Amore kept mental notes of a Las Vegas casino caper that went down back in the day and tells the fascinating and sometimes nail-biting story in his new book, “The Boss Always Sits in the Back.” Here’s an excerpt: