A story based on actual people and events
Jon D'Amore, the storyteller, was born and raised in New Jersey, right outside of New York City. His closest relatives, such as his father Carmine, and cousin Jerry...who also happened to be his Godfather...were connected with the Lucky Luciano and Vito Genovese Mafia Families.
Jon had no desire to be a part of the family business and followed his dream of becoming a musician.
In 1975, for Jon's 22nd birthday, he's invited to Las Vegas by his Godfather... where Jon unsuspectingly...then willingly ...participates in a scam that funnels millions of dollars out of several casinos.
He becomes part of Vegas history once the scam is exposed... as it forever changes gambling laws in Nevada and everywhere else in America.
One thing leads to another and through family affiliations Jon is summoned by The New Jersey Mob Boss, Rocco Casiano. Through young Jon's knowledge of recording studios he saves The Boss from 40 years in prison and is suddenly looked upon by the Mob Community as their honorary Godson and christened "The Kid"...while not wanting to be involved at all. He just wanted to continue his music career.
Over a few years, Jon sees, hears and becomes part of the inner circle of a cast of characters...like Tommy "The Irishman" Dolan, Taz Costa, Big Mike Caruso, Little Sally Della Osa, Al "The Tailor" Nucci, Louie Calderone, and many more...yet he wisely manages to keep his distance.
Today, most of these characters are dead...we're even told how and find out why! One of them was banished from New Jersey and never allowed to return. Some are away...and will be for years.
Throughout the story, The Boss's fears turn into paranoia...and paranoia turns into cold-blooded murder. The Boss Always Sits In The Back is a story of love, honor, respect and a young man's loss of innocence. Jon watches as that respect turns into duty...and that duty is an order to serve Mob Justice and kill The Boss.
From the sidelines...Jon is there.
The underlying story reveals Jon's relationship with his true Godfather, Jerry, from Jon's 1953 birth to Jerry's death in 1999.
But before Jerry died, Jon had him tape-record the details of what happened behind-the-scenes...the things Jon never saw...but knew happened.
This isn't "just another mob story."
This is an account of one of the greatest scams to hit Las Vegas...one that's NEVER been exposed in print or film before. It's also a story about the demise of the mobsters that ran New Jersey.
It's a story that everyone will want to read! It's humorous, exciting, suspenseful, entertaining...and best of all...it's true!