Prospector just finished reading the book about Louis Denaple & Russel Bufalino "The Quiet Don". He called the author Matt Birkbeck to tallk about why he wrote the book and exactly how much influnce Bufalino had in the mob. Listen to it here:
Matt Birkbeck is an award winning investigative journalist and author.
Matt's latest book, The Quiet Don (Berkley/Penguin) tells the true story of Russell Bufalino, who was arguably one of the most powerful mobsters in the U.S. His previous book, Deconstructing Sammy(Amistad/Harper Collins), tells the riveting story of Sammy Davis Jr. and the efforts to resolve his millions in debts and restore his legacy following his death in 1990. The New York Times Book Review calledDeconstructing Sammy “Gripping” and “Sensational” while the Los Angeles Times called it “Epic.”
Matt's international bestseller, A Beautiful Child (Berkley/Putnam 2004), told the remarkable, tragic story of Sharon Marshall, a brilliant young woman who was kidnapped as a toddler by Franklin Delano Floyd, a convicted felon, fugitive and pedophile who raised her as his daughter while traveling the country using stolen identities. Matt spent six hours in a Florida prison in 2003 interviewing Floyd, who had just been sentenced to death for torturing and murdering a Tampa woman.
Matt is also the co-author of Till Death Do Us Part (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2006) with Dr. Robi Ludwig, a noted psychologist who appears regularly on The Today Show and Larry King Live.
Matt's first book, A Deadly Secret, told the bizarre story of Robert Durst, the heir to a New York real estate empire who was charged and later acquited of one murder, a grisly dismemberment, and a suspect in two others, including the disappearance of his wife Kathie. Matt covered the Durst story for People Magazine and Reader's Digest and served as a consultant for CBS News 48 Hours.
Matt has written for The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Magazine and People magazine.