First the German publisher wanted an expanded biography; next they wanted photographs of me and full co-operation on publicity matters. Now they require more proof.
It seems that whilst my English publisher is happy to accept that the Cosa Nostra were involved in US electoral fraud and the CIA backed General Noriega, the Germans require a much higher level of proof than that already in the public domain. They also insist that Bugsy Siegel never met Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels. I feel several arguments and an approaching author headache.
Still, any document that starts: ‘Für Stephen Grasso, einen der besten Komplize, die man sich wünschen kann, und einen echten sizilianischen Ehrenmann’ cannot be totally bad. At least I can report back to the German lawyers that one of their worries is unfounded. Mr. Grasso has no problems with being described as 'Sicilian'.