According to Publisher’s Weekly, Tin for Sale “rather than glamorizing Mafia figures, lays to rest the myths
of the quintessential loving, cohesive and protective Italian-American family on the fringes of New York City organized crime.
John Manca grew up in a home presided over by a brutal grandfather--one of Lucky Luciano's boys--who beat him regularly while
his parents sat by, not daring to interfere. In due course John Manca became a police officer and within a few weeks began
using his badge as a way to steal, cheat and extort, which he portrays as standard practice in the New York Police Department
of 1954-1963. Dismissed from the force, he worked all sorts of scams as "half a wiseguy," allied with but not a member of
the Cosa Nostra. Eventually he was imprisoned, then put in the Federal Witness Protection Program.”