Monday, June 8, 2009

Run away and hide...

On the Run
Greg and Gina Hill

Condition Used - *AS NEW*

My thoughts
A very well-written and intriguing autobiography following the lives of Gregg and Gina Hill, children of the infamous mafia turncoat, Henry Hill. This book tells the tale from their viewpoint... of how they were swept into the witness protection programme and how each time their irresponsible father slips up, they have to start moving - just in case, the mob catches up with them and kills them. Gregg and Gina alternates telling their story. It's interesting to see how they recount and dealt with things differently.

By the son and daughter of Henry Hill - immortalised in the book Wiseguy and the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas - On The Run is the harrowing account of a childhood spent coping with an explosive father whilst dodging Mafia payback. Henry Hill's business partner, Jimmy Burke has whacked every person who could possibly implicate him in the infamous Lufthansa robbery at JFK airport. On his way to prison, lifelong ganster Henry is given two options: sleep with the fishes, or enter the FBI's Witness Protection Program. Gregg and Gina are dragged along for the ride. Like nomads, they're forced to wander from state to state, constantly inventing new names and finding new friends, only to abandon them at a moment's notice. Living under constant fear of being found and killed. But Henry, the rock Gregg and Gina so desperately need, is a heavy cocaine user and knows only the criminal life. He is soon up to his old tricks and consistently putting their identities in jeopardy. And so it continues until the kids, now almost grown, can no longer ignore that the Mob might be less of a threat to them than remaining under the roof of their increasingly unbalanced father.