A Bad, Bad Boy
by Judith Moore
The little known Southern California underworld of the mid-Twentieth Century comes to life in this unique, never before told story of San Diego Mafia hit man Frank Bompensiero. Born in Milwaukee to Sicilian parents, the Bomp, as he came to be known, was one of the most fearsome Caporegimes of the Los Angeles crime family. Yet it is Bompensiero’s other family life, with his wife and children in an elegant neighborhood of San Diego’s Kensington district that comes alive and touches readers most, yet puzzles them with how such monstrous brutality could live hand in hand with upper class conventionality in the conservative Navy city. Blood-filled in more ways than one, the book reveals how, ultimately the hit man would come to forsake the lives of those he loved. Mob assassins, priests, wives, girlfriends and children populate this ultimately Baroque tale of treachery, corruption, deceit, and vengeance.
Not for the faint of heart, Bad, Bad Boy often overwhelms readers with a Mafia experience far more jolting, painful, and real than the any TV or movie version of American organized crime.
- San Diego Reader Books, August 2013
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