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Daniel Simone

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About Dan Simone

Daniel Simone, born in New York City, is an American author who specializes in writing about sensational crimes in collaboration with one of the perpetrators or investigators of the actual event. He specializes in the narrative non-fiction genre, a stylistic fashion of crafting a true story in the form of a novel, coloring the theme with character dialogues, and vivid scenes dramatized with action and suspense. These elements enliven a story, heightening the intrigue and entertainment of the readers. Simone co-wrote with Henry Hill The Lufthansa Heist. In early 2015, Simone and a collaborator completed a revelatory, and quite explosive, project about the Charles Manson murder convictions, a forthcoming book exposing never-before-told facts. Simone has also published approximately 130 feature stories in several print publications. His new book titled The Pierre Hotel Affair is now available.

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The Lufthansa Heist

In 1978, six daring armed robbers evaded alarm systems, held under siege the Lufthansa Cargo terminal, and rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history--totaling six million dollars.  The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, as the crime itself, remain unsolved.

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Ed Guevara, retired FBI agent, New York BQ Office

"No one has so adroitly told this story and masterfully interlaced the known facts with the lingering mysteries as the author Daniel Simone."

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August 1st, 2016

The Lufthansa Heist

The Lufthansa Burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story’s incredible, unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities and delighted the media.  At long last, however, answers appear on the horizon.  One of the organizers of the infamous burglary, Henry Hill, in collaboration with Daniel Simone, has written a book--an unprecedented “tell-all” about the robbery with never-before-unveiled details, particulars only an insider could relay.  Titled The Lufthansa Heist, this tome is one of the last endeavors of the late Henry Hill, who is portrayed by actor Ray Liotta in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 Blockbuster film Goodfellas.
Daniel Simone, is a specialist in the genre of Narrative Non-Fiction, a true story written in the style of a novel.  This concept was created by Truman Capote when he penned his magnum opus, In Cold Blood.  And The Lufthansa Heist is the only other true crime book written in that genre`. In this captivating tale of true crime, Simone’s expertise erupts in a fast-galloping, dramatic style, spinning cinematic, true-to-life sequences while subtly depicting its roster of colorful characters, a mix of psychotics, illiterates, and sociopaths. Test audiences rendered a unanimous review: “Hill’s inside scoop, delivered by Simone’s writing prowess, crafts a suspenseful, yet comedic story fascinating not only to fans of true crime but to readers spanning all genres.”

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The Pierre Hotel Affair

May 1st, 2017

In 1972, eight astute bandits took under siege the famed Pierre Hotel and cleverly managed to disarm the security staff so to plunder $28,000,000 from its guests’ safe deposit boxes. At that time, $28,000,000 would equate to a present value of $265,000,000. According to retired FBI Agent John Simmons, Nick ‘the Cat’ Sacco was the most wanted jewel thief in the country, if not the world. It was a brazen escapade of epic proportion that entranced the media and amused the whole nation.

In collaboration with Sacco, the sole surviving pirate of the headline-dominating Pierre escapade, Daniel Simone authored The Pierre Hotel Affair , an unprecedented account and never-before-publicized facts provided and detailed by one of the perpetrators of the Pierre heist. With life-like vividness, Simone reenacts Sacco’s version of the robbery and its murderous aftermath in a fast-reeling, dramatic style, floating in endless suspense.

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". . .It is written in a sensational and lurid style, reminding me of an early Mickey Spillane crime thriller."

 Paul Davis, The Washington Times.

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Projected Publish Date: Spring 2018

The Charles Manson Project

Daniel Simone & Heidi Jordan Ley are soon to publish a most controversial account of the Charles Manson affair, the first book corroborated and endorsed by the man himself. It is also the very first story on Manson that is not a series of excerpts from Helter Skelter or a duplication of it, and it’s written in a cinematic, suspenseful novel-like style. This version will overwhelm the reader with never-before-told explosive content, including documented specifics of Vincent Bugliosi’s misdeeds, lies, his coercions of unwilling witnesses, and the fabrication of evidence for which he was indicted for.

In this book, you’ll learn new facts surrounding the Charles Manson Affair, contradicting details and particulars that Mr. Simone and Ms. Ley support with irrefutable documentation and public records. Moreover, The Retrial of Charles Manson sets forth and exposes in great details Mr. Bugliosi’s scrapes with the law, a scandalous misconduct that he has managed to suppress for the past 43 years. The ending is quite explosive and very interesting!

The Retrial of Charles Manson is fast-paced, suspenseful, and dramatic highlighted with vivid life-like scenes that are informative, resounding, and entertaining.  Through hours of recorded telephone conversations with Manson, this chronicle puts forth an entirely new perspective supported by irrefutable material, and at last dispels the far-fetched theories and conjectures about Manson’s purported murderous binge, rumors and hearsay that were grossly misrepresented by the media and by the prosecutor’s aggressive and personal ambitions. 

The book exposes who the real Charles Manson is and sifts the hard facts from the publicized absurdities and exaggerated portrayal of him.  And finally, this candid version addresses the question that has wavered unanswered for nearly five decades: Did Charles Manson have a hand in that savage killing spree of 1969?

Look for the book in the spring of 2018.

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Appearances & Talks

Interview on The American Dream

On October 7, 2013, Mr. Simone was invited on VVHTV The American Dream and discussed his Lufthansa Heist project with the hostess of the show.


Interview on The Ed Bernstein Show

Published on June 13th, 2016, Ed Bernstein sits down with Daniel Simone and Geoff Schumacher, Director of Content at The Mob Museum, to discuss Simone's latest work and the events leading to the Lufthansa Heist, the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history.

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Interview with Daniel Simone & Henry Hill

This is one of the many interviews Daniel Simone did with the late Henry Hill in preparation to jointly write their upcoming book, The Lufthansa Heist. Published on February 11th, 2014.


Daniel Simone: Demo Reel

Daniel Simone's demo reel, collected from interviews, documentaries, TV specials, talk shows & more.

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Author, Ghostwriter, Biographer

With a longstanding interest in a wide variety of topics, Simone has built an extensive portfolio and has become a leading voice in the writing world. Mr. Simone has written over 140 special features for various print publications, ghostwrote the autobiographies of two A-List female actors, and in 2009 created ''Between the Lines'', a monthly column published in LI Pulse magazine, a print publication with a certified circulation of 100,000. In the ''Between the Lines'' series, Simone presents his interviews with celebrity authors and his reviews of their latest titles.

Simone's latest book, The Pierre Hotel Affair, has been optioned for film rights. He is also in the process of writing his third book, The Retrial of Charles Manson. This is the first book endorsed and corroborated by Manson, himself, and is set for release in the spring of 2018.

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Daniel Simone: Through the Ages

  • In 1969, Daniel Simone was a technician at Grumman Aerospace Industries assigned to the Apollo Space Program.

  • In 1971, he majored in English Literature and Writing Exposition.  In the early ‘70’s, as a political activist writer, he occasionally wrote for The Village Voice.

  • In 1975, law courses followed at St. Johns University.

  • Mr. Simone is also well versed in Latin, and his intimate familiarity with Romance Languages endows him an advantage as a descriptive English writer.

  • His various business occupations and careers introduced Mr. Simone to many fields and industries: Aviation, Marine, Real Estate Development, Financing, and Law.

  • Over two decades, Mr. Simone analyzed numerous criminal trials. He has interviewed eighteen notorious members of the upper Mafia hierarchy and studied their lifestyles and mentalities.

  • Daniel Simone’s writing technique is distinct. He’s trained as a novelist and writes true stories and biographies in the Narrative Non-Fiction genre`, a nonfiction book written in the fashion of a novel. 

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Upcoming Events

Paperback Available

The Paperback version of The Pierre Hotel Affair is available on May 8, 2018 at all bookstores and on

Book Signing

On May 18, 2018 between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., The Mob Museum in Las Vegas will host a book signing with Daniel Simone.

Book signing

On June 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm, Bookhampton on Main Street, East Hampton, N.Y. will host a book signing with Daniel Simone.

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