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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Mario Puzo

First Published: 1969-03-10

Subjects: Literature, Drama, Adventure, United States of America, Organized crime, + more

Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

The Godfather is a crime novel written by Italian American author Mario Puzo, originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. It details the story of a fictitious Mafia family based in New ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Nicholas Pileggi

Subjects: Social science, Nevada, Criminology, Espionage, Performing arts, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Fiction, Autobiography

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Wiseguy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Nicholas Pileggi

First Published: 1986

Subjects: Social science, Criminology, Espionage, United States of America, Organized crime, + more

Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography, Novel, + more

Original Language: English Language

Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family is a 1986 non-fiction book by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi that chronicles the story of Mafia mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill. The book is the basis for ...more
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The Sicilian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Mario Puzo

First Published: 1984-11

Subjects: Italy, Adventure, Organized crime, Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian Mafia

Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

The Sicilian is a novel by Italian-American author Mario Puzo. Published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group, it is based on Puzo's most famous work, The Godfather. It is regarded as The ...more
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Gangster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Lorenzo Carcaterra

First Published: 2001

Subjects: Organized crime, Sicilian Mafia

Genres (Book): Novel

Original Language: English Language

Gangster is a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, published in 2001, narrating the life of Angelo Vestieri from the early 20th Century until his death, and his rise to power in the New York City
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The Ice Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Philip Carlo

Subjects: Criminology, Espionage, Organized crime, Murder, New Jersey, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography, True crime

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The Last Don is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Mario Puzo

Subjects: Espionage, 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 alternates between the film industry and the Las Vegas Strip casinos, showing how the Mafia is linked ...more
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Takedown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Douglas Century

Subjects: Mafia

Genres (Book): Autobiography, Biography

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The Outfit: The Role of ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Gus Russo

Subjects: Politics, United States of America, Organized crime, History, Sicilian Mafia

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

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Gangland How the FBI Bro... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Howard Blum

Subjects: Sicilian Mafia

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Bone in the Throat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Anthony Bourdain

Subjects: Sicilian Mafia

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

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The Godfather Returns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Mark Winegardner

First Published: 2004-11-16

Subjects: Organized crime, Sicilian Mafia

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

Original Language: English Language

The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. It is the sequel to Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which was originally published in 1969, and The Sicilian. ...more
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Excellent Cadavers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Alexander Stille

Subjects: 20th century, Criminology, Italy, Social sciences, Mafia, + more

Genres (Book): Sociology

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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mafia Books
John Grisham

Subjects: Espionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America, + more

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

Original Language: English Language

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. It was his first widely recognized book, and in 1993 after it sold 1.5 million copies, was made into a film starring Tom ...more
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And Then You Die is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Michael Dibdin

First Published: 2002-04-01

Subjects: Police, Italy, Sicilian Mafia

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

Original Language: English Language

And Then You Die is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and is the eighth entry in the popular Aurelio Zen series.
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The Mafia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Claire Sterling

Subjects: Criminology, Social history, Italy, Freemasonry, Sicilian Mafia

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The Client is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mafia Books
John Grisham

Subjects: Tennessee, Adventure, United States of America, Organized crime, Cinema, + more

Genres (Book): Fiction

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Havana Nocturne: How the... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mafia Books
T. J. English

First Published: 2008-06

Subjects: Organized 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. English.
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Mob over Miami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Michele McPhee

Subjects: Murder, Sicilian Mafia

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Midnight in Sicily is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Peter Robb

Subjects: Europe, Sicily, Italy, United States of America, 20th century, + more

Genres (Book): Travel

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Murder Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Roberto Ortuso added Jerry Capeci, Gene

First Published: 1992

Genres (Book): Crime,

Original Language: English

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The Real Lucky Luciano ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Roberto Ortuso added
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The hit and The marksman... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Brian Garfield

Subjects: Sicilian Mafia

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Sins of the Son is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Just Bae added Frank Lucianus

First Published: October 2018

Subjects: Crime, Noir, Murder, Romance

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

Original Language: English

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The company she keeps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mafia Books
Georgia Durante

Subjects: Social science, Criminology, Women, United States of America, Memoir, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography, True crime