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The inside story—from the organizer himself--of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This full account brings readers behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas, a crime that has baffled law enforcement for decades. From Henry Hill himself, The Lufthansa Heist is the last book he worked on before his 2012 death.On December 11th, 1978, a daring armed robbery rockeThe inside story—from the organizer himself--of the largest unrecovered cash haul in history. This full account brings readers behind the heist memorialized in Goodfellas, a crime that has baffled law enforcement for decades. From Henry Hill himself, The Lufthansa Heist is the last book he worked on before his 2012 death.On December 11th, 1978, a daring armed robbery rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history, totaling six million dollars. The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved to this day. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story’s unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities.One of the organizers of the sensational burglary, Henry Hill, who passed away in 2012, in collaboration with Daniel Simone, has penned an unprecedented “tell-all” about the robbery with never-before-unveiled details, particulars only known to an insider....

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ISBN : 9781493008490
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Lufthansa Heist Reviews

  • Harold
    2019-04-04 01:53

    Really 3 1/2 stars.Interesting and entertaining but flawed. It held my interest all the way and provided a good account of the heist. I knew the locale and even a couple of the specific people and places. That adds to my interest. I worked as a musician in Henry Hill's The Suite for several months in the early 70s, and while really not wanting to get to know anybody or anything, faces become familiar and when you read a book with these guys it becomes a little different. Your interest is piqued.Writer's credits go to Hill and Simone, and it is pretty easy to tell who wrote what. Simone writes “Narrative Non-Fiction”, which comes down to invented dialogue and I suppose that is the problem I had with this book. I'm sure I have read “Narrative Non-Fiction” many times, without noticing it. Here I'm noticing. The funny thing is that Hill's writing (recorded interviews?) is better than the professional Simone. Two reasons for that. First, Hill's use of Italian American slang is accurate. Hill's mother was Sicilian, as was mine, and we were close in age and geography. Simone's use is a little desifinado, to toss a third language into the pot. It's overdone and sometimes is coming out of some highly unlikely mouths. I find it hard to believe that the Irish Jimmy Burke would be a fount of Italian American slang. It's surprising – from what I've read of Simone, he is from NYC area and I would think he would have a better handle on it. The phonetic spelling doesn't quite get it either. I would have rather seen the correct Italian spelling. Writing dialogue in dialect is a little abrasive also. I suppose I'm nitpicking. Most people are not familiar with this manner of speaking and wouldn't notice a thing. Hence it would not detract from that person's enjoyment of this book. Perhaps that is who Mr. Simone aimed his writing at.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-03-28 03:38

    This was an odd book. It's ostensibly the story of a giant heist from the 1970s--a ton of unmarked bills and valuables stolen from a Lufthansa storage room--but more than that, it was really just the story of mobster turned informant Henry Hill. He's role in the Lufthansa Heist was tangential, and I don't really remember it very well. One of the odd ticks of this book was that Hill's class self-consciousness came through really strongly. There were several times when various mob characters had to ask cops what long words meant because their vocabularies were so limited. It was an odd thing for the book to dwell on, and these moments really stood out.All in all, I'm glad that I read it because it was an interesting view into a world I don't know much about--the mob without any of the glamour or mythos that we usually attribute to it--and that's interesting material for an aspiring writer.

  • James Elliot Leighton
    2019-03-27 08:54

    This is a book where the "supposed" true story comes from a dead man. Convenient. I think that Daniel Simone has some imagination, but no experience or knowledge. Maybe he watched the Goodfellas and based his research on that? I found much of it laughable. The quality of writing is juvenile and clumsy, the dialogue unrealistic. He spends more time describing what his characters wear, as though it was a fashion parade, than in developing them. There is a scene where Gotti executes DeSimone using a pistol that doesn't exist (A Colt .38 Magnum??? Colt make a .357 Magnum, or a .38 Special) equipped with a silencer? You CANNOT suppress a magnum revolver as the bullet is not sub-sonic and there is a gap between the cylinder and barrel. If you did use a .357 Magnum, you wouldn't be likely to get three rounds into the guy's head, the first round would damn near disintegrate his head, it would at the very least snap it back out of line. It would take a smaller calibre jacketed round to be able to put several into a human head. If he did mean a Colt .357 Magnum, to carry it in an inner vest pocket is ludicrous - it is a VERY heavy and bulky weapon. That is why they invented holsters. This is schoolboy nonsense, not a credible account of behind the scenes Mafia life. Luckily my copy was a pre-release review copy - I would not be happy if I had to pay for it.

  • Rbarfuss
    2019-04-09 04:34

    The best place I could think to classify this is as historical fiction. The basic facts are true, but the author has done a good job of weaving the unknowable's - the might have been, could have been's, etc. - into an entertaining narrative. I could've lived without the language, but I get that it's a part of who the characters actually were.Overall, a good listen (I had it on audio) but not one that you just absolutely have to have.

  • Bill St.
    2019-04-21 08:43

    This is an extraordinary book with true to life characters, believable dialogues, and very sophisticated writing. Entertaining, enjoyable, and informative. I strongly recommended.

  • Bmj2k
    2019-03-21 04:40

    This book covers much of the same territory as Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. This is the true story immortalized in the fiction film Goodfellas. And although it is about the same robbery and criminals as Wiseguy, it comes at it from a slightly different angle. For example, there is more focus on the two Lufthansa executives who conceived the plan. However, all comparisons to Wiseguy end there. The book is doomed by the author's overly florid and heavy handed style. Every sentence is overwritten in almost poetic terms, and often in words too intellectual for the context or characters. The book was co-written by Henry Hill, though you have to wonder how much he really did. Much of the book was (admittedly) simply made up by the Daniel Simone to fill in gaps where no first person recollections exist. Bizarrely, Daniel wastes time on a very uncomfortable oral sex scene with Stacks, who was supposed to be bringing the getaway van to be destroyed. His descriptions of the act are not only totally unnecessary but also very awkward and almost creepy. The entire section devoted to Stacks, his "girlfriend," and some other African Americans is borderline racist. (I refuse to quote any of the descriptions of her anatomy.) Simone's attempts to replicate their slang and speech are cringe worthy.Simone, in fact, does an awful job of replicating everyone's speech patterns. Every gangster character talks with odd phrases like "what'rr going on?" And the characters who don't speak English well are even worse. The "educated" FBI and police agents all talk like Harvard professors.Confusingly, the book is written from Henry Hill's POV- except when it isn't. It can be jarring when one section narrated by Hill leads into another section that isn't, with no stylistic differences between them. About the only section I found interesting was the glossary of Italian slang, two pages in the back of the book.The Lufthansa Heist does a pretty good job of describing the overall life and times surrounding the robbery, and goes into great detail about the robbery itself. And while I can't call this a good read, it does illuminate one of the more sensational events in the history of crime.

  • Joshua
    2019-04-12 08:41

    This review is of the audio book...which was lively read by Joe Barrett. Part of my enjoyment of this was due to Barrett, no doubt, but I did enjoy Hill's recounting of his days in crime, the famed Lufthansa Heist & Hill finally ratting out his criminal brothers before they whack him. If you've seen GOODFELLAS, this story will seem familiar as it was Hill's life that it was based on. So, even though I knew the bulk of this story [I've read the book too], I enjoyed it because Barrett's gravel voice, with audible accents, cursing his way through this vivid tale. Good stuff.

  • 3 no 7
    2019-04-04 08:32

    This book was interesting and educational. The whole narrative was full of stupidity and violence.If I hadn't known that this book was based on "fact" and was written by one of the co-conspirators, I would have thought that this book was just too absurd; as a crime novel, no one would have published it -- too implausible, too far-fetched. As it was, the book was a compelling description of gangsters, hoods, thugs, drug dealers, murderers, and thieves. I shook my head constantly as I read, when I wasn't laughing that is. The truth is truly stranger than fiction.

  • Dave Rubini
    2019-03-29 01:49

    This book explains all the nuances that are mere flashes in the film Goodfellas. It's sort of a satisfying extension of Goodfellas with all the details that were left out in the film. The story reads with clarity and it's full of suspense. Besides Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, this is the only other true crime book written in the style of a novel (at least to the best of my knowledge). It's a spectacular story of an iconic robbery, and it's a fantastic read.

  • Ricky Capobianco
    2019-03-31 06:30

    The Lufthansa Heist by Daniel Simone & Henry Hill is a fascinating true crime story. The narration shifts between the author's voice and Henry Hill's voice, which personalizes the storytelling. It's well written in the style of a novel, and though some dialogues and aspects of the story seem to have been contrived, nonetheless the principal facts are on the money. It's suspenseful and quite entertaining with lots of interesting facts and witty sarcasm.

  • Lillian Romero
    2019-03-26 03:24

    This book is worth reading. I'm a woman and I never thought I would enjoy a gangster type book, but this one is different. I picked it up in a book store, and as I started reading the first few pages, I was hooked, and bought it. It's not just about a robbery and has something for everyone. Fascinating story.

  • Judy
    2019-04-16 04:37

    Great and informative read about one of the largest scores ever that went unrecovered and basically unpunished (by the law anyway). If you didn't know this was a true accounting you might think it a bit absurd that these guys pulled it off since they aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack and sure do love to run their mouths. That's also what makes it such a compelling read.

  • Jay Mint
    2019-04-05 09:31

    Great read full of new facts. The dialogues are stimulating and sound as if they're alive, and the writing is superb. It's fast reading and I read the whole book in three days. The storyline is captivating and it has a comedic slant to it. The Lufthansa Heist is one of the best true crime books I've ever read. It would make a great film.

  • Joseph Piervincenti
    2019-04-12 08:29

    Fantastic story...Very interesting story, I love my crime novels and this is the most I've been attached to any new book in quite a while, highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter. Far more information than any other recounting of the heist, so if you found it interesting in Goodfellas, this is a must-read!

  • David Musgraves
    2019-03-23 07:46

    The author clearly wanted this one to be In Cold Blood, he even opens with a quote by Capote, but this isn't the same caliber of true crime writing. There are lots of interesting details, thanks to co-author Henry Hill, but the story just isn't particularly masterfully told. Not great, not the worst.

  • Heather
    2019-04-02 06:54

    If you saw Goodfellas, don't read this book. It adds little to the story, and contains way too much rambling by Henry Hill that had nothing to do with Lufthansa. I got really tired of hearing how great it was to be a degenerate, alcoholic, drug addicted, low-level criminal.

  • Saul Friedgood
    2019-04-19 07:30

    This book is what great stories are all about. The combination of Henry Hill's brash spontaneity and Daniel Simone's crafty storytelling and distinct writing is amusing and engaging. This is one of the best true crime books.

  • Reverenddave
    2019-04-08 04:28

    Very sloppily written and (barely) edited, its still an extremely entertaining read.

  • Susan Kontanicolas
    2019-04-17 03:33

    Once I got into the story, I couldn't put this book down. I strongly recommend it.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-01 03:48

    Just a retelling of Wiseguy.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-07 01:38

    Fun. Contrived dialogue and riddled with profanity that becomes burdensome, but an interesting look at mobsters and their varied "enterprises."

  • Howard Lubinger
    2019-04-14 05:25

    Nice extension of the 'Goodfellas' story.

  • Diane Lochner
    2019-04-14 03:52

    I don't even know why I wanted to read this book in the first place. I had to request it to my library branch from another location, even, so it's not like I just came across it by chance. At least I didn't buy the stupid thing!Poorly written, far too long, and poorly sourced (in terms of cited sources.) He obviously talked to a lot of people, but then filled in the blanks with his imagination. I'm clearly not this book's intended audience.

  • Stella
    2019-03-28 04:44

    Listened to the audiobook. I never really knew the story of the Lufthansa heist, and the people behind it, so this was a fascinating read. The narrator's authentic "wise guys" accent totally made the story, and there was plenty of detail to get to know the characters better.

  • Catherine Washburn
    2019-04-17 01:36

    All the brutality, stupidity and greed of the mob is on full display in this entertaining book. Entertaining, because truth is stranger than fiction. The poor writing is distracting though.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-31 06:44

    I'm sure this book is decent for some people, but I don't really care about the story. Not badly written, just...I don't care...

  • Amanda Wilmot
    2019-04-11 04:28

    This is another amazing book, that kept me engaged from beginning to end! I could not put this down!!

  • Travis
    2019-04-07 07:40

    This was really great book that delves into the Lufthansa robbery, that you might rememebr played an important part in the movie "Goodfellas". Really good read.

  • Brooke Ybarra
    2019-04-06 03:43


  • Frank J. Desiderio
    2019-04-03 04:28

    Great Read - Facinating storyGrowing up in Brooklyn, I personally know some of the protagonists and knew of others. The entire story is fascinating and learning that all of the perpetrators were known to law enforcement authorities within days of the Lufthansa theft was quite remarkable. The only unknown, Henry Hill, turned out to be the guy who was able to connect the dots.