Reviews of “The Boss Always Sits In The Back”
"Jon D'Amore takes us on a perilous, hysterical adventure into the inner workings and inner sanctum of mobster mentality as only a family member can. With a roll of the dice, we're careening along with Jon in sumptuous 1970s Vegas hotel suites and at the crap tables. He breathes Technicolor life into characters who never, ever become caricatures. Yes, there's sex, murder, mayhem, blood and plenty of retribution, but there is also living, breathing humanity found in these pages, proving that even mobsters have heart."
Pamela Des Barres: Journalist, rock historian and best-selling author of I'm With The Band, Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart and Rock Bottom.
"There aren't many people who know life in the mob like I do, but Jon D'Amore's story hits the nail on the head. He understood the respect that needed to be shown to men who could either protect him or end his life in the blink of an eye. The Boss ALWAYS Sits In The Back is without a doubt a wonderfully gripping-yet-humorous account of the way it was in Vegas during the mid-to-late 1970s and the men that not only made history...but changed it. It's a good thing Jon was one of the survivors so he could tell everyone about it."
Frank Cullotta: An original member of The Hole In The Wall Gang and co-author of Cullotta and The Hole In The Wall Gang.
"The Boss is an entertainingly funny and sometimes too real of a look at life on the darker side. Coming from someone who's been there, done that, this fascinating read really hit home. Jon D'Amore masterfully crafts his life's adventures into a hard to put down book. A staggering triumph!"
Georgia Durante: Author of The Company She Keeps, an autobiography of her life in the underworld.
"Long before The Sopranos were even a thought, Jon D'Amore knew the real guys from the inside out -- he knew them as well as he knew the back roads of his native Hudson County, New Jersey -- and as one thing led to another, he found himself playing a key hand in a gambling scam that baffled the best minds in Las Vegas. Jon was there, he saw it all and lived to tell the alternately hair-raising and hilarious tale. Read his story, and you'll never again wonder why The Boss ALWAYS Sits In The Back!"
Lisa Tracy: Author of Objects Of Our Affection, Muddy Waters: The Legacy Of Katrina and Rita. Former journalist and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Record of Hackensack, and The Passaic Herald News.
"Jon D'Amore has lived this life from the inside. But he knows very well that in many ways these are ordinary people who are living extra-ordinary lives, caught up in an amazing and sometimes violent journey and in a clash of cultures many other people would not understand. His account is of someone who has been there and done that, and somehow survived when many he knew did not."
Al Sullivan: Journalist for The Hudson Reporter, and author of Everyday People: Profiles from the Garden State.