Battle for Las Vegas


A must-read for fans of Mob history, true crime, and the city itself, The Battle for Las Vegas recounts the epic decade-long war waged between local/federal law enforcement and some of the most notorious names in organized crime to control Sin City and its spoils.

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From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R. Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who’d do whatever it took to protect their interests. It wasn’t long before Spilotro, also in charge of Vegas street crime, was known as the “King of the Strip.”

Federal and local law enforcement, recognizing the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotro’s rackets, declared war on organized crime. The Battle for Las Vegas relates the story of the fight between the tough guys on both sides, told in large part by the agents and detectives who knew they had to win.

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About The Author(s)

Dennis N. Griffin retired in 1994 after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. He and his wife Faith moved to Las Vegas shortly afterward. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Las Vegas Valley Writers Group, Henderson Writers Group, and the Police Writers Association. He has also written the acclaimed books Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness, Policing Las Vegas: A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada, and Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier’s Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family. Become a fan of Dennis Griffin on Facebook for news about upcoming book and TV true-crime projects.

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