Gallo also pulls no punches in his take on the porn industry. He shatters any kind of myth about the business and way the women really make their money. There’s an inherent sleaziness to the proceedings that Kenny brings to the surface. “Porn stars are hookers — I was around the business from 1988 to 2004, and I do not recall a single major female porn star who was not open to turning tricks at some point.”
To capture Kenny’s story, author Matthew Randazzo V does a good job of reining in tangential stories, concentrating on the underlying narrative flow. You can hardly tell where his research was integrated with Kenny’s recollections. The book doesn’t suffer from too many self-congratulatory delusions. Randazzo wisely chooses to let Kenny drive the story to a point, but keeps things clear and concise. The only things that could have added to the book would be an index or a cast of characters, or preferably both.
It’s not all accolades. The end comes rather quickly, leaving some loose ends and unanswered questions. The book also fails to go into any of the cases that stemmed from Kenny’s cooperation with authorities. However, even with those shortcomings, Breakshot joins the canon of better Mafia books, and among the sub-genre of Mafia tell-alls, it’s one of the strongest in recent years.