Saturday, December 13, 2014

Praise for Louis The Coin’s new memoir, ‘You Thought It Was More’

UPDATE, 12-14-14:

'You Thought It Was More' Live on Kindle

  • Look inside

  • Print pre-order via IceBox Publishing

  • Print publication scheduled for early 2015

    “Louis ‘The Coin’ Colavecchio won a name for himself by being able to make anything, and now he has made a profane and raucously funny memoir of his life of crime. This is a world of hot cars, hot jewels, hot women, a wad of cash in your pocket and a handmade silencer on your Ruger automatic pistol. Bookies and loan sharks, enforcers and counterfeiters, con men and scam artists: ‘You Thought It Was More’ evokes a bygone era, treating us to a wise-guy crime romance that's part ‘Law & Order’, part ‘Guys & Dolls.’ ”
    -Novelist / Essayist Rand Richards Cooper, author of “Big as Life,” is a restaurant critic for the New York Times.

    “Louis came up with a brilliant plan. We The Cops did, too. I do not condone his criminal behavior, but I understand it; he was very creative, an artist. I assisted in some small way with him going to jail and he served his time ... After spending time together after the case closed, we have developed a friendship. That’s OK with me. I am no longer a trooper, having retired in 2003. He’s retired, too, right?”
    -CT State Police Det. Sgt. (Retired) Jerry Longo, now a senior investigator for a major casino.

    “Remarkably crafted. Who would have thought Louis the Coin could be a vivid storyteller? He writes with commanding vigor. Reminiscent of ‘Honor Thy Father,’ the gracious portrait of the Bonanno crime family by Gay Talese.”
    -James H. Smith, a New England journalist for nearly 40 years and author of “A Passion for Journalism.”

    “So much sets this book apart – the extraordinary tales it tells, its insider’s look at organized crime, and Louis Colavecchio's enormous affection for his characters. But the biggest surprise? I was held in total suspense by the technical sections. I never expected to be riveted by metallurgy . . . but I was.”
    -Novelist Pam Lewis, author of “Speak Softly, She Can Hear” and “Perfect Family.”

    “Riveting! Raises the bar for all future storytellers in this genre of wise guys and their adventures.”
    -New York trial attorney Bruce Baron, frequent media commentator on outlets including MSNBC and Fox News.

    “You Thought it Was More is not – thankfully – literary. It is, however, a tale told in a voice that rings true, very much in the aesthetic tradition of our best oral histories. Louis ‘The Coin’ Colavecchio would probably be right at home in a Studs Terkel book."
    -Poet Jon Andersen, Professor Of English, Quinebaug Valley Community College, and author of “Stomp And Sing.”

    “First off, how can you not love a book written by someone named Louis the Coin? It’s worth reading just to enjoy the names of the wiseguys! This is a must-read for anyone who loved Goodfellas, Casino and Bronx Tale! Louis took me so far into the Providence Mob that I thought I was a snitch! I’m still looking over my shoulder!”
    -Mickey Sherman, criminal defense lawyer, CBS legal analyst and author of "How Can You Defend Those People?"

    “It is fortunate … that he lived to tell the tale … Louis The Coin offers the novice the genuine article …”
    -Lionel Bascom, Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University and author of “Rubouts” (Avon 1991) and “A Renaissance in Harlem: The Voices of a Lost American Community” (HarperTrade, 2001).

    “Louis has nailed Rhode Island In The 1960s and 70s: Raymond, National Vending, the wise guys, the cars, the cash-carrying habits of certain individuals, travel tips in Italy and more.”
    -Ed Dunn, retired newspaper editor, USA Today and The Norwich Bulletin.

    “This tale gives you an unblinking look straight into the criminal mind.”
    -Novelist Denning Powell, author of “Monkey Trap” and “Hiding Hand.”

    Thursday, December 04, 2014

    Thank you @FranzDouskey @GatewayNewHaven & great library/ media staffs for hosting #moreCOOLJUSTICE

    - photos by Aimee Fanning via Gateway CC

    Gateway Prof Franz Douskey with Bonnie Foreshaw Dec. 1 following a presentation on The Politics of Justice. In her first speaking engagement since gaining freedom 12½ months ago, Foreshaw spoke about mistreatment of cancer patients and long-standing mold problems at the Niantic jail, aka York Correctional Institute. She urged students, faculty and staff to speak up for the voiceless. Discussions included Ferguson and the NYPD's fatal chokehold case.

    Franz Douskey, Bonnie Foreshaw, Andy Thibault, Wilbert Guy, Sylva Greene and Dr. Clara Ogbaa, Gateway Library Director

  • Background

  • CBS Report on Bonnie Foreshaw case

  • WTIC podcast RayMan show 12-1-14


  • Hartford Public Library event, developing ...

  • Jan. 29*, 2015, 7 p.m., Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield.
    *Rescheduled from Jan. 15

  • moreCOOLJUSTICE Signed copy

  • Also available @ yr local bookstore



  • more COOL JUSTICE website

  • Flashback: 'The joint was jumpin' -Bob Thiesfield photo gallery #HickoryStickBookshop #moreCOOLJUSTICE 10-10-14

  • more COOL JUSTICE Facebook page

  • more COOL JUSTICE YouTube

  • Best book review ever

  • Boston Court Update via Tsarnaev Tries To Move Bombing Trial Again

    WhoWhatWhy Editor’s Note: The Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the defining domestic national security event since 9/11—and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state

    It is highly unlikely that U.S. District Judge O’Toole will agree to a change of venue.

  • Complete Article