On the Run

On the Run

A Mafia Childhood

Book - 2004
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Written by the son and daughter of Henry Hill, the real-life focus of Wiseguy and Goodfellas, ON THE RUN is a harrowing account of a childhood spent coping with an out-of-control father while dodging frightening Mafia retribution.After their family joined the Witness Protection Program, the lives of Gregg and Gina Hill were never the same. Wandering from community to community, constructing new identities and making new friends, only to have those identities compromised and those friends cast aside, Gregg and Gina never stopped seeking normalcy. Making their lives more difficult--indeed putting those lives in danger--was their unrepentant father with a half million dollar contract on his head, whose scams continued even after being absorbed into The Program, and whose capacity for violence remained dangerously high.

Baker & Taylor
The children of Henry Hill, whose life inspired such works as "Wiseguy" and "Goodfellas," share their experiences of growing up in their father's world of witness protection program identities and mafia retribution.

Blackwell North Amer
In the 1970s, Henry Hill pulled off heists and busted heads with the Mob. In the '80s, he became famous - as the antihero of the bestselling book Wiseguy and blockbuster movie Goodfellas. But there was one story he couldn't tell. Now his children, Gregg and Gina, tell it for him.
On the Run is the true account of what it's like to grow up in the federal witness protection program. Just as Gregg was celebrating his bar mitzvah and his sister, Gina, was buying her first bra, Henry Hill was informing on his former cronies. Henry, his wife, and children were swept into protective custody. And Gregg and Gina, who'd already been exposed to their father's wild side, were about to be ripped from their home and lose the only normalcy they'd ever known.
Taking only what they could fit in a bag, the Hill children began a nightmarish life on the run: constantly moving from town to town, often without warning, and always knowing that their Uncle Jimmy, along with their father's other former "friends," wanted the Hills dead. All the while, Henry, a violent career criminal with a taste for hard drugs and women, used his new identity to break the law and make new enemies - forcing the family to run again and again.
For Gina, the journey from Queens to Nebraska to Kentucky to Washington State was one of fierce denial - of trying to see the best in her abusive father, of learning her skills as an amateur actress, and finally uttering the unspeakable truth to her best friend. For Gregg, it was a chronicle of heartache, sacrifice, and violence: giving up a tennis career, standing up his first date because the family had to flee that night, and finally, after a series of near lethan confrontations with his father, running for his life.

& Taylor

The children of Henry Hill, whose life inspired such works as Wiseguy and Goodfellas, share their experiences of growing up in their father's out-of-control world of witness protection program identities and mafia retribution, describing their never-ending quest for safe and normal lives. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780446527705
Characteristics: 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hill, Gina


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