x, 179 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Origins -- What's in a name? -- A capacity for violence -- The drug game -- Rockland County -- The Milgram murder -- .22 caliber killers -- The shopping spree -- The viserto drug trial -- The early eighties -- A killing on thunderboat row -- The crackdown -- The Michael Meldish murder -- The leaders of the families.
"The East Harlem Purple Gang emerged in early 1970s and quickly earned a reputation for violence, contract killings, drug operations, and became the farm team for the Mafia. Hitmen uncovers their dark and twisted history in the gritty New York City organized crime scene of the 70s and 80s"-- Provided by publisher.