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Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History - Michael  D. Blutrich

Scores is the story of Michael Blutrich, a successful New York attorney who opened one of the most famous "gentlemen's clubs" in the country. The real story, though, is how the Gambino crime family got it's hooks into the club, and how Blutrich was made an FBI informant to take down the mafia family.
I honestly could not stop reading this book. It was exciting, well written, and grabbed your attention right away. Blutrich's descriptions of his "adventure" made you feel afraid for him, yet somewhat disgusted by him, at the same time.
I won't get into the morality of a strip club. That's for someone else to decide. I just sat back and enjoyed the story.
This easily could have been a five-star review, except for one thing. Blutrich, in the beginning of the book, talks vaguely about his "Florida troubles". Throughout the book, as he goes deeper and deeper into his informant status, he mentions this many times, but never really gets into it. Finally, you determine that he is under indictment in Florida for some type of insurance fraud.
His agreement with the New York U.S. Attorney's and the FBI is that if he keeps informing on the Gambino's (and others), he will get a substantial sentence reduction. And informing he does, very effectively. And it looks like things are going to go his way.
BUT, the Florida U.S. Attorney's are not going for this agreement, as Blutrich goes on and on about. According to him, the prosecuting attorney and judge in Florida are unfairly against him. They go out of their way to inflict unnecessary harm on him, based mostly on jealousy. Blutrich ends up serving WAY more time than he thought, all because of this one U.S. Attorney and Judge. You are left feeling that he has really been screwed over by the system.
So I did a little digging, researching the book a little further. Turns out, his little insurance fraud case in Florida was actually a MUCH bigger deal than he let on. According to a 60 Minutes profile, what actually happened was that Blutrich opened Scores with money he stole from a large life insurance company in Florida. The money he stole left nearly 26,000 elderly policy holders bilked out of their life savings. The theft totalled $440 million dollars, one of the biggest white collar crimes in U.S. history. Aha! So maybe that's why the U.S. Attorney's in Florida were being so hard headed! Sure, he testified against the mob, and that's great, but in reality there was no nobel purpose, he did it only to save his own skin in Florida. He goes on and on about how unfairly he was treated, how he was promised almost no prison time yet ended up serving 13 years. What he doesn't tell you in the book was that his codefendant in the Florida case was treated much more harshly, ending up being sentenced to 845 years! So Blutrich really did get a big break.
Blutrich's complaining and crying at the end of the book really kind of spoil what would have been an outstanding story.