The Quiet Don is a Triumph!
"Matt Birkbeck presents a stunning work of investigative journalism that unveils one of the mob's most important power brokers."
NICHOLAS PILLEGI, screenwriter of Goodfellas and Casino,
and author of Wiseguy
"The Quiet Don is a must read and an important addition to the history of organized crime in the U.S."
G. ROBERT BLAKEY, former Notre Dame law professor, a draftsmen of the RICO Act, chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice under Robert F. Kennedy.
"In “The Quiet Don,” Matt Birkbeck weaves together the stories of two of the most powerful men to emerge from Pennsylvania in the late 20th century.
Firstly, it’s a gripping biography of the little-known Russell Bufalino, a crime boss with the uncanny
ability to pop up, like a malevolent Forrest Gump, at crucial moments during
post-World World II history.
It’s also the near-fantastical tale of how Gov. Ed Rendell pushed through legalized gambling in the state,
allegedly steering contracts to favored campaign contributors and derailing state police efforts to investigate mob-tainted applicants for casino licenses."
Read "FULL COUNT"
Matt's piece on Denny McLain and John Gotti Jr in the September issue of Playboy
Blog: For Rep. Tom Marino, Silence is Golden
The Quiet Don is #1 mob book in the U.S. Best Seller on Amazon's OC chart
Scranton Times editorial on library fiasco (see blog)
Matt to speak at Penn State, Marywood University (see blog)
Equal parts cutural history, celebrity biography, and brilliant investigative journalism, Deconstructing Sammy is a behind the scenes look at the disastrous fall of one of the brightest stars of the 20th Century, Sammy Davis, Jr.
"Gripping...Sensational," The New York Times
"Epic...Tremendous," Los Angeles Times
Available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, e-Book and Audio Book. Order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine booksellers.
A Deadly Secret
NEW! Available exclusively on Kindle and Nook for $6.99.
Robert Durst was the heir to a New York real estate fortune when police reopened the investigation into his missing wife Kathie. He fled to Texas, where he dismembered a mysterious drifter. And his best friend, Susan Berman, was found dead in Los Angeles, shot in the back of the head. That's where the story begins.
A Beautiful Child
The international bestseller that traces the mystery of Sharon Marshall and unveils her terrible secrets is available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle and e-Book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine booksellers.
Till Death Do Us Part
Co-written with Dr. Robi Ludwig with forwards by Nancy Grace and Larry King.
Available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, e-Book and Audio Book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine booksellers.