International gangsterdom's most colorful character interpreted by two men well equipped to convey his unique rise to fame (or infamy). Feder is the author of Murder. In and knows his underworld. Joesten is a reporter and his interview with Luciano in Italy in 1953 makes a climactic finale to the scandal packed story of a man who got away with too much and got a soft deal at the end. The authors go back to Salvatore Luciano's parents, who were sulphur pit workers in Palermo. They emigrated- and their son went the way of many other east side kids, taking on a succession of rackets, from petty dope peddling to pimping and politicking. Though Salvatore had his ups and downs, he differed from the others in that he had brains and poise. His ability carried him well along into Mafia circles, before a savage beating from which he emerged alive earned him the nickname of ""Lucky"", and preluded his becoming boss of the ring. The protective portals of fearful top brass in politics shielded him- as it does others of his kind- from the ultimate price of crime. Thoroughgoing with perhaps too much of an aura of scoop journalese though they throw their punches with assurance. Graphic, saleable.