True North, A Son’s Memoir of Love, Redemption and the Mob, will be available from Bancroft Press in hard cover by spring, 2019.


New York City of the 1960s until the turn of the 21st century was the world’s epicenter of organized and white color crime.

For those decades, the most feared mafia chiefs, assassins, counterfeiters, Orthodox Jewish money launderers, defrocked politicians of every stripe, and Arab bankers arriving in the dead of night in their private jets, sought the counsel of one man: my father, Jimmy La Rossa.

Once a Kennedy-era prosecutor, Brooklyn-born Jimmy La Rossa became one of the greatest criminal trial lawyers of his day. Jimmy was the one man who knew where all of the bodies were buried and everyone knew it.

It seemed incomprehensible that Jimmy would one day just disappear from New York. Forever.

After sneaking my dying father from New York Presbyterian Hospital to a waiting Medevac jet, the La Rossa Boys—as we became known—spent the next five years in a place where few would look for two diehard New Yorkers: a coastal town in the South Bay of Los Angeles, aptly named Manhattan Beach.

While I cooked his favorite Italian dishes and kept him alive using the most advanced medical equipment and drugs, my father and I documented our notorious and cinematic life together.

This is our story.

TRUE NORTH, A Son’s Memoir, is based on actual events.


This work, originally titled LAWYERS GUNS & MONEY, began as a lengthy treatment for a television series. LAWYERS GUNS & MONEY is a registered trademark of Jimmy Boy Productions LLC, Los Angeles CA., Category 041 -“Entertainment services in the nature of an ongoing historical drama.”

The La Rossa Boys


James M. La Rossa, Esq.

December 4, 1931 – October 15, 2014

New York Times – James M. La Rossa, Defender of Mob Bosses in Court, Dies at 82.

New York Daily News

The Times (London)

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