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In a riveting page-turner, NBA referee Bob Delaney finds the clandestine existence he led prior to changing into certainly one of specialist basketball’s most beneficial officials.

Soon after becoming a member of the recent Jersey country soldiers in 1973, Delaney was once provided a tantalizing undercover project: to infiltrate the Mob. And so he grew to become Bobby Covert, the president of Alamo Trucking, a fully-operational company utilized by legislation enforcement as flypaper for snagging clever men. whereas donning a twine, Delaney dealt day-by-day with mobsters who modeled themselves after their on-screen opposite numbers (at  the peak of The Godfather’s popularity), or even crossed paths with Joe Pistone, the real-life Donnie Brasco. After 3 demanding years enjoying a job during which a unmarried slip may well expense him his existence, Delaney had accumulated sufficient proof to convict greater than 30 participants of the Genovese and Bruno crime families. 

Struggling with post-traumatic rigidity disease from the tension of his undercover existence, Delaney begun officiating highschool and intramural basketball video games in an effort to rebuild his existence, ultimately operating his approach as much as the NBA, the place he has been a referee for over 20 years. this is often his extraordinary actual story.


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Two years later, he returned home to the States and couldn’t have wished for a better day to get discharged: St. Patrick’s Day—March 17, 1946. The celebration party with his family and friends lasted well into the night at the Market Street Tavern. One month later, Mom and Dad got married, honeymooning thirty minutes away in Newark at an old hotel called the Robert Treat. I came along five and a half years later on November 1, 1951, when my dad was a recruit in training at the State Police academy.

I was going absolutely stir-crazy. Finally, after a week, Liddy handed me my new identification. qxp 10/10/07 4:56 PM Page 38 Earth, had been brought back to life, reborn as an undercover persona, about to enter the unknown. My first task was to get a new apartment. Just as I’d been stationed in the barracks at Flemington as a State Police recruit, now I was given a housing assignment by Liddy as an undercover recruit: Find a place to live in Bayonne. In short order, I located a simple one-bedroom, onebath deal with a kitchenette on 21st Street between Broadway and Avenue C, and then I had to go out and buy furniture.

Instead of going to work, I had to hang around my apartment while he finalized all the fake paperwork for my alias—right down to a phony social security card and driver’s license. My days consisted of running small errands, buying this or that, and doing my best to avoid people. I was going absolutely stir-crazy. Finally, after a week, Liddy handed me my new identification. qxp 10/10/07 4:56 PM Page 38 Earth, had been brought back to life, reborn as an undercover persona, about to enter the unknown.

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