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The WordSmitten Weekly Broadcast :: Mob Infiltrator Bob Delaney

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Waterfront thugs, New Jersey Mafia, Basketball, and Bob Delaney on the WordSmitten "About the Books" Broadcast. Kate Sullivan interviews New Jersey born and bred Bob Delaney who discusses his new book, "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob" on Sunday, November 23, at 4:00 PM EST. "In a riveting page-turner, NBA referee Bob Delaney reveals the clandestine life he led before becoming one of professional basketball’s most respected officials." After joining the New Jersey State Troopers in 1973, Robert James Delaney was offered an undercover assignment: to infiltrate a New Jersey chapter of the Mob. As an authorized undercover agent, Bob Delaney left colleagues, family members, and close friends, to disappear to become his contrived alias, Bobby Covert, president of Alamo Trucking. The trucking company functioned as "a fully-operational business used by law enforcement as flypaper for snagging wise guys." "While wearing a wire, Delaney dealt daily with mobsters who modeled themselves after their on-screen counterparts (at the height of The Godfather’s popularity), and even crossed paths with Joe Pistone, the real-life Donnie Brasco. WordSmitten. Don't miss it.