On The Run
by Gina Hall, Gregg Hill
Pub Date 02 Nov 2017
The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award winning true story behind Goodfellas
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.
"Gregg and his sister Gina's gritty and compelling true story" Mail on Sunday
"Henry Hill lived life dangerously close to the edge, and nearly pulled his family into the abyss. That his children survived to tell this fascinating tale is a testament to their resolve" Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguuy
"The grimness is leavened with humour and the many readers who will be rooting for these innocent victims will be heartened by their capacity to transcend a truly awful upbringing" Publishers Weekly
"Stephen King couldn't have made up this tale of a father's savagery and its god-awful toll" Kirkus
"Fascinating, frightening, heart-wrenching - and true" Ed McBain
"An extraordinary story" Julie Gregory, author of Sickened