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Giovanni's Ring
Giovanni's Ring

Giovanni's Ring

My Life Inside the Real Sopranos


320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: PDF, Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $27.99 (US $27.99) (CA $37.99)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781641603508

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2021)


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The story of a former FBI undercover task force officer who spent years penetrating New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family, the criminal organization known to law enforcement as "the real Sopranos"

The story of a former FBI undercover task force officer who spent years penetrating New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family, the criminal organization known to law enforcement as "the real Sopranos"Giovanni's Ring is the story of "Giovanni Rocco," a New Jersey police officer, known undercover as "Giovanni Gatto," who was the mysterious agent at the epicenter of Operation Charlie Horse, a federal undercover operation that ultimately brought down ten members and associates of New Jersey's DeCavalcante Mafia family, the criminal organization known as "the real Sopranos." Giovanni spent nearly three years working his way into the DeCavalcante hierarchy. That lethal assignment brought the undercover operation to an end in March 2015, and the resulting string of high-profile arrests eviscerated the criminal organization.  ?Giovanni's Ring is not simply a chronicle of Giovanni Rocco's adventures in the murky and dangerous Mafia world he inhabited, but also a fascinating window into the psychological struggles that such a life inevitably entails.


"Very few undercover agents (UCAs) have been able to successfully infiltrate the inner sanctum of Cosa Nostra. Giovanni Rocco is one of those UCAs. This page-turner is a must read if you want to experience Giovanni's dangerous and oftentimes violent journey inside the real-life Sopranos." —Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, retired FBI UCA and author of Making Jack Falcone

"Once again truth trumps fiction in this riveting account of an undercover cop from New Jersey burrowing deep into the confidence of mob killers and made-men straight out of Hollywood Central Casting. Giovanni Rocco, himself a product of the streets of Bayonne, risks his marriage and family spying for the FBI on an assignment where a mere slip of the tongue or discovery of his hidden recorders could kill him. From page one of Giovanni's Ring, the jeopardy is constant, the stakes high, and the prose pure Jersey." —William C. Rempel, author of At the Devil's Table

"This account of Giovanni Rocco's many years' work to infiltrate the ranks of the Jersey Mob drips with authenticity and crackles with tension from the first page to the last. But what sets it apart is Rocco's unflinching honesty concerning the cost of such work to his family, his marriage, and, ultimately, his very soul. You will likely read this at an unbroken gallop, just as I did." —Les Standiford, author of Bringing Adam Home  

Author Biography

Giovanni Rocco was an undercover law enforcement officer who spent most of his twenty-six-year career as a member of state and federal task forces targeting organized crime. The culminating role of his service was the successful infiltration of one of America's most violent and long-standing Mafia families. At the conclusion of this landmark investigation, Giovanni retired from law enforcement and moved his family to a location that remains undisclosed. Douglas Schofield holds degrees in history and law. He has worked for many years as a criminal trial lawyer, prosecuting and defending countless cases of serious crime and, more recently, conducting complex cross-border civil litigation. He has written several novels. For more details, please visit