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Monday, June 23, 2014

June 2014
Strategic Media Books, LLC

New Book Investigates Mysteries Surrounding Gangster Legend Charles "Lucky" Luciano

Charles “Lucky” Luciano is one of the most researched, discussed and dissected American mobsters of all time. His name has become synonymous with New York City’s high drama gangland days of prohibition bootlegging, the formation of the infamous five families, and controversy over his alleged ‘Last Testament’.

Yet, there exist many fascinating and lurid tales and theories regarding Lucky’s rise and fall from the mob’s top spot.  Now in his new book, Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend, journalist Christian Cipollini, for first time ever, focuses exclusively on some of the mysteries major surrounding Charles "Lucky" Luciano, one of the biggest organized crime figures in history.

Some of these stories are known, but still incite debate, such as the origins of his nickname and menacing facial scars. Other legends are not so well known to the general public. Luciano's involvement with the shadowy Seven Group and Murder Incorporated. Did he ever actually ever murder anyone? Then there are incidents such as the alleged carving of his initials into a witness’s thighs and the wild theories that abound following his death in 1962. These are just a few of the unusual tales that surfaced over and beyond Lucky Luciano’s lifetime.

With information culled from rare news articles, government documents and numerous books written on the subject, this book will give readers a chance to discover Luciano in a way that engages the mystery of his pop culture status, while encouraging further debate over the facts and fallacies that exist about his true role in the history of the American Mafia structure.

"Christian Cipollini has become an authority on the dark, criminal underworld that thrives in the shadows of the cities in the United States. His understanding of how that side of society "works" is unrivaled and his writings show that quite clearly. Having battled violent crime in big city streets for nearly 30 years, I can say with authority that Christian tells the story right. His works are a must read for anyone who wants to see the dark side of our culture."
Pete Forcelli, Former NYPD, Bronx Homicide Task Force

“Christian Cipollini is one of those authors that deserve more recognition. I was considered by the FBI as an expert in Italian organized crime and I recognize someone that knows and well researched his writings.”
Ronald Fino, former FBI Undercover Operative and author of The Triangle Exit.

"The sorts of characters he writes about couldn't spell "Cipollini" but it's a name that'll be on the reading lists of true crime aficionados for years into the future.”
Arthur Nash, author of New York City Gangland

About the Author
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Christian Cipollini has been a freelance writer and journalist in the realms of entertainment, human interest and true crime history for over a decade. A graduate of Seton Hill University, he holds a BA in Corporate Communications. He is the author of Diary of a Motor City Hit Man: The Chester Wheeler Campbell Story (Strategic Media Books, 2013). As a contributor to diverse types of publications, his works have appeared in the Tribune-Review,, Urban Ink Magazine and Mob Candy magazine.

Cipollini has also appeared as a guest 'expert' on episodes of Biography Channel Series "Gangsters: America's Most Evil,” The History Channel Series "Hunt for History." & Consulted on National Geographic Channel’s critically-acclaimed series “DRUGS, INC.” 

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For interviews or to request copy of the book e-mail: or phone: 803-366-5440

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