Fifty-three years ago, the Di Prisco family fled their Greenpoint home, steps ahead of the FBI. The father had been a compulsive gambler and small-time member of a crew that specialized in bookmaking. He knew too much about local police corruption, and ultimately went into hiding in California after a “close call” when federal agents tracked him into the woods of Long Island.
“Brimming with humor, heartbreak, and at times the feel an old time Catholic confessional, Subway to California is a one-of-a-kind read,” writes Kathleen Caldwell, owner of A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland, California. “Joseph Di Prisco’s story evokes a time and place that is no longer part of the American landscape; a place where loyalty to family, neighborhood, and way of life was the norm.”†