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The author's grandparents, Russell and Mary Shorto, socialize at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, N.J., in the mid-1950s. Courtesy of Russell Shorto hide caption

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Author Digs Into Family's 'Smalltime' Mob Operation, Finds Family Secrets

Russell Shorto's grandfather was a mob boss in the industrial town of Johnstown, Pa. Shorto writes about the family havoc that resulted from his grandfather's operation in his new memoir, Smalltime.

The author's grandparents, Russell and Mary Shorto, socialize at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, N.J., in the mid-1950s. Courtesy of Russell Shorto hide caption

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Author Digs Into Family's 'Smalltime' Mob Operation, Finds Family Secrets

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