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At one point in his career as an NBA referee, Bob Delaney was booed by his own mother. But that’s nothing compared with what he endured in his previous calling, working undercover for the New Jersey State Police. Posing as trucking exec Bobby Covert, he helped bring down more than 30 mobsters. While not exactly the nonfiction version of The Sopranos, Covert is a brisk tale (told with Dave Scheiber) of a fascinating life — two lives, really. As for Delaney’s perspective on Tim Donaghy, the fellow zebra who has been accused of gambling on NBA games…sorry. His employer says he can’t talk about it. B+

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