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    Henry Hill(Author),Daniel Simone(Author)

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The inside story—from the organizer himself--of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This full account brings readers behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas, a crime that has baffled law enforcement for decades. From Henry Hill himself, The Lufthansa Heist is the last book he worked on before his 2012 death.

On December 11, 1978, a daring armed robbery rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history, totaling six million dollars. The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved to this day. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story’s unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities.One of the organizers of the sensational burglary, Henry Hill, who passed away in 2012, in collaboration with Daniel Simone, has penned an unprecedented “tell-all” about the robbery with never-before-unveiled details, particulars only known to an insider.

In 2013, this infamous criminal act again flared up in the national news when five reputed gangsters were charged in connection to the robbery. This latest twist lends the project an extraordinary sense of timing, and the legal proceedings of the newly arrested suspects will unfold over the next year, continuing to keep the Lufthansa topic in the news.

Like many of the most compelling true-crime tales, the distinction between cops and robbers is blurry at best. Fine reading. (Booklist)The Lufthansa Heist is an amazing, in-depth look at one of the most notorious heists in American and Queens history. (The Queens Gazette) The inside story—from the organizer himself--of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This  full account that brings the reader behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas that has baffled law enforcement for decades. From Henry Hill himself, in the last book he worked on before his 2012 death.On December 11th, 1978, a daring armed robbery rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history--totaling six million dollars. The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved to this day. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story’s unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities, it being the subject of two different TV movies and a centerpiece of Martin Scorsese’s iconic gangster film Goodfellas. One of the organizers of the sensational burglary, Henry Hill, who passed away in 2012, in collaboration with Daniel Simone, has penned an unprecedented “tell-all” about the robbery with never-before-unveiled details, particulars only known to an insider. In 2013, this infamous criminal act again flared up in the national news when five reputed gangsters were charged in connection to the robbery. This latest twist lends the project an extraordinary sense of timing, and the legal proceedings of the newly arrested suspects will unfold over the next eighteen months, continuing to keep the Lufthansa topic in the news.

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  • By Jill Meyer on July 22, 2015

    Every so often, while reading "The Lufthansa Heist: Behind the Six-Million-Dollar Cash Haul That Shocked the World", I'd "hear" the voice of Ray Liotta saying the lines I was reading. Liotta, the star of the 1990 movie, "Goodfellas", played the half-Italian/half-Irish mobster, Henry Hill. Hill, who died in 2012, is the co-author of this book, along with Daniel Simone. Ray Liotta had a particular cadence to his voice and it seemed at times I was listening to him.Henry Hill, who ratted on his gangster friends and associates after the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport, entered the Witness Protection Program, along with his family in the early 1980's. He had taken part in the planning of the heist - though not its execution - and watched as his immediate boss, Jimmy Burke ("Jimmy Conway" in the movie), murdered most of the participants as the FBI, local cops, and DA's attempted to solve the crime. The book is written in a rather breezy style, by both Simone and Hill. (Nearly every woman described in the book is either fat, stupid, huge-chested, a harpy, or a combination of those characteristics. Of course, the men aren't much better...)However, Hill and Simone come up with some interesting tidbits. For instance, John Gotti personally killed Tommy DiSimone ("Tommy DeVito" in the movie) as he was supposed to be a "made man". And the infighting in the police/FBI/District Attorney's office over various aspects of the investigation into Lufthansa seemed to rival the infighting in the gangs. Also, New York Governor Hugh Carey. Was HE the "Big Irishman up in Albany" mentioned in drug tapes? Um, no..."The Lufthansa Heist" is not a great book, but it is a good one and fun to read. The basis of the book, I guess, are the relationships Henry Hill had with his business partners, his wife and children, and his girlfriends. His third wife - Lisa Caserta - adds a bit to the end of the book, writing that he was a good man. And, maybe, by then, he was.

  • By Michael A. Pizzi on August 21, 2015

    I thought the book was a good read until the part where Deputy US Marshal were shot and wounded whileprotecting Henry Hill during a transport of Hill to court.NOT TRUE, NO DEPUTY MARSHALS WERE EVER WOUNDED EN ROUTE TO COURT FROM LONG ISLANDNOR WAS HILL ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO COURTLong Island is part of the Eastern District of New York as is Brooklyn, Queens and Staten IslandI was a Deputy, Supervisor, Chief and US Marshal in EDNY from 1968 to 2007 and what was written about theDeputies being shot and wounded is not true. Also no Deputy would have called the FBI for help if they were attackedas we took care of our own.Michael A. PizziUS Marshal ( Retired )

  • By Karen S. Cole on March 31, 2016

    This book is about one heist that proved to be sensational, and not just Mob oriented. I loved this story. It was riveting, made in the style of a novel. But you can smell the movie potential, like smoke generated from the back of a pine scented "boss" or pimped-out car. You know, how gasoline can entice you with a scent like food. This book sings with new info on the Mafia. It doesn't support it, nor does it defame it. Rather it puts you within the leafy scenery - you who are Mob enthusiasts (for whatever reason) to peruse it. The story lopes along at a galloping pace, steady throughout. I find it informative and entertaining, with supportive realistic, life-like dialogues. It's obvious to anyone that the author didn't mean it to be appreciated solely by true crime fans. It's journalistically based, serious rather than Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo stuff. Dead straight to the throat. Maybe yours? The Mob is still alive and well in this world, possibly heading out of it too. At the same time, yet! But this book, meanwhile, contains all the essential elements appealing to each class in society. Not just low life scum, not just middle class bored women, not just rich Shark Tank emulative of Black Panther types. You should read this book, without any guilt about it being somewhat, not entirely, about the Mob once more. It will tell you what you need to know about it, instead, in rich, original and sophisticated charm details. And it mainly concerns the Heist of the Last Century; who knows what really happened? You will: The Lufthansa heist was a robbery at John F. Kennedy International Airport on December 11, 1978. An estimated $5.875 million ($21.3 million today) was stolen, with $5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry, making it the largest cash robbery committed on American soil at the time. -- Wikipedia reference. Now you've got it in a nutshell, and not my slightly underground anti-Mob bias - read this book, and maybe you too will wonder what you could do with millions of dollars.


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