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All of the Organized Crime Books listed on this page where authored by police officers, law enforcement officials and/or detectives who have actually conducted organized crime investigations.

Organized Crime (4th Edition)
Michael D. Lyman  More Info

Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., began his career as a special agent and criminal investigator for the Kansas Bureau of investigation.  He then moved to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs as a senior agent and criminal investigator.  While with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs he was assigned to the Street Enforcement and Intelligence Division.  During his 11 year law enforcement career Michael has made over 600 felony arrest.  For the last 18 years he has been professor of Criminal Justice at the Columbia College of Missouri.


Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., has authored seven books about the enforcement function in criminal justice.  His books include: The Police: An Introduction; Criminal Investigation: The Art and Science; Practical Drug Enforcement; and, Organized Crime.

According to the book description Michael Lyman’s Organized Crime, “Dispelling current myths regarding organized crime, Lyman and Potter’s fourth edition reveals a truer picture of organized crime and criminal activity today.  Providing scholarly treatment and a social perspective, the authors explore the concept of organized crime, the historical foundation for its evolution and development, and the current status of criminal groups in today’s society. Offering timely and respected research, this edition includes a thorough examination of drug trafficking, new sections on emerging organized crime groups, updated case studies, more coverage international groups, updated statistics, graphics and more!  Presents a broad view of organized crime that incorporates more than just ethnically- driven, pop-culture stereotypes. Incorporates two parallel themes—organized crime consists of many different groups and corrupt individuals in public office, business etc., contribute to the continuation of the problem. Uses thematic questions (What is organized crime? Is there really a Mafia? Is terrorism organized crime? Do political machines still exist?) to promote higher-order thinking skills and a critical examination of the topic. Synthesizes volumes of historical data and archives to present the most salient aspects of the organized crime problem. References information and reports generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and well-known researchers in the field.  Law enforcement professionals and those interested in a scholarly treatment and a social perspective of organized crime.”

According to one reader of Michael Lyman’s Organized Crime, “This book is a good introduction to a difficult topic. The authors don't focus on just the traditional "Costra Nostra" topics that many authors fall prey too. The authors carefully blend National and International Organized Crime (OC)Groups, Theories of OC and methods for controlling the spread and growth of the groups. The book is written in a textbook fashion and the authors provide keywords at the end of each chapter to assist the student in learning the main points of each chapter. Both the authors appear very knowledgeable in this subject and they continue to add current information into their newer additions.”

Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool
John Madinger  More Info

Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition
John Madinger  More Info

Special Agent John Madinger began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.  In 1978, he became and agent and eventually supervisor of the Hawaii Office of Narcotics Enforcement.  In 1988, John Madinger he joined the United States Treasury Department, Criminal Investigation Division as a special Agent. John Madinger is a graduate of the Oklahoma State Police Officer Training Program, DEA's academy, and Criminal Investigator Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  John Madinger  is the author of Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition and Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool.

According to the book description of Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition, “Many of the techniques that drug traffickers and organized crime figures use to launder money are also employed by terrorist groups - as those involved in investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001 soon discovered. These techniques and their perpetrators have grown in number and sophistication, creating an urgent need for investigators to develop strategies that will help keep them one step ahead of the game.  Authoritative and accessible, Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Second Edition is based on the author's extensive experience in law enforcement. It provides a clear understanding of money laundering practices and explains the investigative and legislative processes that are essential in detecting and circumventing this illegal and ultimately dangerous activity. In addition to being an informative and straightforward resource for those investigating complex narcotics cases or other cases in which there is a financial component, this new edition addresses techniques used to track down the money trail of terrorists who are highly motivated, well-trained, organized, disciplined - and well-funded. What's New in the Second Edition: Explains money laundering provisions under the U.S. Patriot Act; Explains how the changes in federal forfeiture law affect existing money laundering law; Clarifies current legislation and how it affects money laundering investigation; Outlines the basics as well as the emerging trends of terrorist financing; and, Includes two new chapters on the investigation of terrorist activities.

According to the book Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool, “He baffled and eluded law enforcement officers for nearly two decades. In the end, however, it wasn't the painstaking forensic analysis of hundreds of pieces of crime scene evidence that led to the capture of the Unabomber-but the lucky tip of an informant. Truth of the matter is, for all their sophistication and hi-tech science, crime-fighting techniques such as fingerprint and DNA analysis are a factor in less than one percent of all criminal cases. In the overwhelming number of crimes, informants have provided the necessary ammunition needed to bring criminals to justice, from Genovese to Gotti and Capone to Dillinger. Confidential Informant: Understanding Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool explores the covert and clandestine world of informants-revealing the secrets of how to find them and make the most out of them, while at the same time, avoiding the pitfalls of dealing with them. Using case studies in which informants played key roles in solving crimes, the book examines all aspects of informant development and management, from the motivation of the informant to the legal problems that accompany the use of informants in criminal cases. Written by John Madinger, a former narcotics agent, supervisor and administrator, and currently a Senior Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, Confidential Informant: Understanding Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool examines the emotional and behavioral characteristics of the informant, as well as the psychology of trust and betrayal. The book also illustrates techniques for improving interviewing and communication skills when dealing with informants, and provides invaluable forms that can be used in connection with these vital sources of information.”One reader of Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool said, “This is an excellent book for both those interested in how those in law enforcement deal with informants & those in law enforcement who have to deal with informants. I found his admonition to control the informant especially important. Most CIs know how to work the system & if not careful they'll work you too. Should be required reading for anyone in law enforcement.”

Black Brothers, Inc. : The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia
Sean Patrick Griffin  More Info

Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D. is a former Philadelphia Police Department police officer who is now associate professor in the Administration of Justice at Penn State Abington. He has authored numerous articles on organized and white-collar crime and been an invited panelist on national crime forums.  He is the author of Black Brothers, Inc.: The Violent Rise and Fall of the Philadelphia Black Mafia.


According to Sean Patrick Griffin’s publisher, “In June 2005, a prominent and politically influential Muslim cleric, Imam Shamsud-din Ali, became the latest person convicted in a massive federal corruption probe in Philadelphia. As the revelations emanating from the probe continue, a critically acclaimed author and leading authority on organized crime exposes for the very first time the disturbing contemporary and historical ties between Ali, the city's notorious Black Mafia, and the sweeping federal probe.


The Black Mafia was one of the bloodiest crime syndicates in modern US history. From its roots in Philadelphia's ghettos in the 1960's, it grew from a rabble of street toughs to a disciplined, ruthless organization based on fear and intimidation with links across the Eastern Seaboard. Known in its "legitimate" guise as Black Brothers, Inc., it held regular meetings, appointed investigators, treasurers and enforcers, and controlled drug dealing, loan-sharking, numbers rackets, armed robbery and extortion.


Its ferocious crews of gunmen grew around burly founder Sam Christian, the most feared man on Philly's streets. They developed close ties with the influential Nation of Islam and soon were executing rivals, extorting bookies connected to the city's powerful Cosa Nostra crew, and cowing local gangs. The Black Mafia was responsible for over forty killings, the most chilling being the 1973 massacre of two adults and five children in Washington, D.C. Despite the arrests that followed, they continued their rampage, exploiting their ties to prominent lawyers and civil rights leaders. A heavy round of convictions and sentences in the 1980's shattered their strength — only for the crack-dealing Junior BlackMafia to emerge in their wake.


Researched with scores of interviews and unique access to informant logs, witness statements, wiretaps and secret FBI files, Black Brothers, Inc. is the most detailed account ever of an African-American organized crime mob, and a landmark investigation into the modern urban underworld.”

African-American Organized Crime: A Social History
Rufus Schatzberg  More Info

Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States
Greenwood Press  More Info

Rufus Schatzberg, Ph.D. is a retired New York Police Department detective first grade and the author of Black Organized Crime in Harlem: 1920-1930; and, co-author of African American Organized Crime and Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States.


According to the description of Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States, “This handbook discusses the definitions and historical background of organized crime, theories and research, specific crime groups and their operations, and law enforcement strategies to counter organized crime. Both the excellent introduction and 21 chapters provide background and analysis for each subject. Contributing authors (mainly academics with some criminal justice professionals) take a balanced, well-researched approach. Particularly interesting are looks at crime among various U.S. ethnic groups (Russian, African American, Italian, Chinese) and discussion of law enforcement strategies. Included is an excellent bibliographical essay on the literature of this topic. This work is distinguished from the numerous other recent books on organized crime by its reexamination of the issues and assumptions in research on this topic and by the uniformly fine quality of all the pieces. While primarily a book for students and scholars, it will be of interest to the educated public as well.”

The Basics of Organized Crime for Law Enforcement (Training Series Basic Law Enforcement, Volume 1)
Randy Gonzalez  More Info

Dr. Randy Gonzales has enjoyed a 32 year career in the criminal justice field.  He has been a police officer, deputy sheriff, police instructor and chief of police of the New College of Florida Police Department. Dr. Randy Gonzalez holds a Master’s in Criminology and Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Philosophy. A certified law enforcement instructor, Randy Gonzalez is the author of The Basics of Organized Crime for Law Enforcement.


According to the description of The Basics of Organized Crime for Law Enforcement, “Basic introductory training publication developed for criminal justice training and education. CD-ROM for classroom. Covers overview, history and preliminary aspects of organized criminal activity.”

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