A Son's Memoir of Love,
Redemption and the Mob

by James M. La Rossa Jr.

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Preface

When James LaRossa visits his ailing father at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, what he finds is al but reassuring. His 77- year-old father, Jimmy, once a proud and successful defense attorney, lays weak and dying, hooked up to every machine and bag in the ICU. They both know Jimmy doesn’t have much time left, but James, the dutiful son, is resolved to make Jimmy’s remaining days on Earth as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. After months of planning and transforming his California home into a miniature hospital, James flies his father out to the West Coast where he can give Jimmy all the tender love and care he needs.

The LaRossas made the right call. Thanks to James’ own success and experience in medical publishing, the father-son duo can spend less time worrying about hospital staff and more time living the good life.   The two enjoy Jimmy’s favorite Italian meals, visit local beaches, and travel the world. While Jimmy’s line of work enabled him to provide for his family, it left very few chances for him to bond with his son. Now, decades later, they have the chance to make up for lost time.

As the author cares for his father over the next five years, he recounts the fascinating story of a man who seemed more like a secret agent than an attorney. Jimmy’s life is laid out in full from life in the marines to prosperous trial lawyer, and a generous but distant father.   What more, Jimmy dives into the film-worthy courtroom battles of his career, defending big-name Mafia bosses like Paul Castellano and dueling with New York’s top prosecutors.

Last of the Gladiator’s is more than a biography about the author’s father, perhaps the number one defense attorney of the twentieth century. It’s a journey of self-reflection for the author, who begins to come to terms with own mental illness and the effects it has on his own relationships. It’s a vivid portrait of a man who stood toe to toe with drug runners, crime lords, and corrupt politicians in twentieth century New York. But at its heart, it is a love story between a father and son that celebrates how, time and again, faith conquers all.

Last of the Gladiators, A Son’s Memoir, is now available from Bancroft Press in hard cover.

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Sample Chapters

Sample Chapters
January 18, 2019

Chapter 5 – Semper Fidelis: To War and Back

CHAPTER 5 SEMPER FIDELIS: TO WAR AND BACK “No matter how long you tame a wolf, he will still look to the woods.” —Yiddish proverb When I look back at…
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January 18, 2019

Chapter 6 – Giglio

“Oyez, oyez, oyez! All persons having business before the honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the court is…
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January 18, 2019

Chapter 8 – Daddy Got His Gun

CHAPTER 8 DADDY GOT HIS GUN “Send lawyers guns and money, the shit has hit the fan.” — Warren Zevon     Your life may depend on being able to…

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July 22, 2020

Airborne: Jimmy’s Medical Flight From NYC

American Express, along with Dad’s health insurance, assisted in the leasing of a Medevac Gulfstream jet on January 30, 2010, to take us from Bruckner Aviation at Teterboro Airport to…
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June 10, 2020

Racism Knows No Bounds: A Marine is Turned Away at a Diner

Jimmy bought himself a fancy used sedan with the money he had saved in Japan and, from California, headed east, a wholly different man. He cruised through Texas en route…
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February 26, 2020

First Person: Remembering Bobby Kennedy

I was eight years old the first time I saw my father cry. His former boss, Robert Kennedy, had been assassinated earlier that day. Even as a boy, I could…

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