The Good Guys (2005) Ex-undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone is best known as Donnie Brasco, while Bill Bonanno once headed the crime family Pistone infiltrated for six years. Their… 2005-01-06 Fiction Warner Books
Book Review

The Good Guys (2005)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 06, 2005; Writers: Bill Bonanno, David Fisher, Joe Pistone; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Warner Books

Ex-undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone is best known as Donnie Brasco, while Bill Bonanno once headed the crime family Pistone infiltrated for six years. Their ''novel'' is a strange hybrid, a fictional Mob thriller punctuated with autobiographical reflections like ''for six beautiful years I didn't have to fill out a single form,'' and ''mostly the life picked us.... I lived it. I went to prison. I left it.'' Weirdly, it sorta works, deftly alternating the point of view between the Italian Mafia and the FBI circa 1985 as the Feds search for a missing Russian-languages professor tied to the brutal Russian Mob. The Good Guys reads so well, you may begin daydreaming about what coulda been had Ness and Capone become pen pals.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints