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The Best Mafia Books

Updated June 12, 2020 478 votes 189 voters 44.8k views40 items

List of best books about the mafia, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on the mafia are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched mafia bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about the mafia and crime syndicates. If you're looking for a list of top books on the mafia then you're in the right place.

Books on this list include And Then You Die and Casino. You should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about the mafia?" after checking out this list.

This greatest mafia book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Most of these mafia books can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.
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    The Godfather
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    The Godfather

    Mario Puzo

    First Published1969-03-10

    SubjectsLiterature, Drama, Adventure, United States of America, Organized crime

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Godfather is a crime novel written by Italian American author Mario Puzo, originally... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #51 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#106 of 1,234 The Best Novels Ever Written

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    Casino
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    Casino

    Nicholas Pileggi

    SubjectsSocial science, Nevada, Criminology, Espionage, Performing arts

    Genres (Book)Biography, Fiction, Autobiography

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    Wiseguy
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    Wiseguy

    Nicholas Pileggi

    First Published1986

    SubjectsSocial science, Criminology, Espionage, United States of America, Organized crime

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family is a 1986 non-fiction book by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Sicilian
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    The Sicilian

    Mario Puzo

    First Published1984-11

    SubjectsItaly, Adventure, Organized crime, Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Sicilian is a novel by Italian-American author Mario Puzo. Published in 1984 by Random... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Gangster
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    Gangster

    Lorenzo Carcaterra

    First Published2001

    SubjectsOrganized crime, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Gangster is a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, published in 2001, narrating the life of Angelo... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Ice Man
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    The Ice Man

    Philip Carlo

    SubjectsCriminology, Espionage, Organized crime, Murder, New Jersey

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiography, True crime

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    The Last Don
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    The Last Don

    Mario Puzo

    SubjectsEspionage, Organized crime, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction

    The Last Don is a novel by Mario Puzo, best known as the author of The Godfather. The story... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Takedown
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    Takedown

    Douglas Century

    SubjectsMafia

    Genres (Book)Autobiography, Biography

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    Excellent Cadavers
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    Excellent Cadavers

    Alexander Stille

    Subjects20th century, Criminology, Italy, Social sciences, Mafia

    Genres (Book)Sociology

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    The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America

    SubjectsPolitics, United States of America, Organized crime, History, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

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    Gangland How the FBI Broke the Mob

    SubjectsSicilian Mafia

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  • 12
    Bone in the Throat
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    Bone in the Throat

    Anthony Bourdain

    SubjectsSicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

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    The Godfather Returns
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    The Godfather Returns

    Mark Winegardner

    First Published2004-11-16

    SubjectsOrganized crime, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Firm
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    The Firm

    John Grisham

    SubjectsEspionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. It was his first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #21 of 54 The Best Mystery Novels#1 of 38 The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

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    And Then You Die
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    And Then You Die

    Michael Dibdin

    First Published2002-04-01

    SubjectsPolice, Italy, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    And Then You Die is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and is the eighth entry in the popular Aurelio... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Mafia
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    The Mafia

    Claire Sterling

    SubjectsCriminology, Social history, Italy, Freemasonry, Sicilian Mafia

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    The Client
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    The Client

    John Grisham

    SubjectsTennessee, Adventure, United States of America, Organized crime, Cinema

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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    Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    First Published2008-06

    SubjectsOrganized crime, Cuba, 20th century, History, Sicilian Mafia

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution is a book by T. J....Amazon buy button
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    Mob over Miami
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    Mob over Miami

    Michele McPhee

    SubjectsMurder, Sicilian Mafia

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  • 20
    Midnight in Sicily
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    SubjectsEurope, Sicily, Italy, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Travel

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    Murder Machine

    Jerry Capeci, Gene

    First Published1992

    Genres (Book)Crime,

    Original LanguageEnglish

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    The hit and The marksman
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    SubjectsSicilian Mafia

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    Sins of the Son
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    Sins of the Son

    Frank Lucianus

    First PublishedOctober 2018

    SubjectsCrime, Noir, Murder, Romance

    Genres (Book)Organized Crime Thriller, Noir, Romantic Suspense

    Original LanguageEnglish

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    The company she keeps
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    The company she keeps

    Georgia Durante

    SubjectsSocial science, Criminology, Women, United States of America, Memoir

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiography, True crime

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