Brotherly Love by Pete Dexter

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In Philadelphia city, 1961, a division of power exists between the Italian mobs and the predominantly Irish labour leaders. When the youngest daughter of union man Charley Flood is accidentally killed by one of the Mafia's cops it is the beginning of a suicidal chain of retaliation.
 

About Pete Dexter

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Novelist, journalist, and poet Pete Dexter was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1943. As a student at the University of South Dakota, where he attended on and off for ten years, he wrote poetry and won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. After graduating in 1970, he found work as a newspaper reporter. While working as a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, Dexter was nearly beaten to death by readers who disapproved of a piece he wrote about a drug-related murder. That experience helped propel him into fiction writing, and in 1984, he published God's Pocket. Dexter won a National Book Award in 1988 for his novel Paris Trout, a book that exemplifies his characteristic blending of humor and violence. As a journalist, his work has also appeared in such periodicals as Esquire and Playboy.
 
Published September 24, 1991 by Random House. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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nonetheless, when Phil is killed by the Italians (avenging the earlier rubout of Constantine), Peter agrees to help Michael reestablish control.

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Publishers Weekly

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This gripping narrative of fratricidal betrayal by the National Book Award-winning author of Paris Trout was cited in PW 's annual ``red-and-black'' feature as having failed significantly in hardcover

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This gripping narrative of fratricidal betrayal by the National Book Award-winning author of Paris Trout was cited in PW 's annual ``red-and-black'' feature as having failed significantly in hardcover

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Entertainment Weekly

So when Michael needs help — whether it's burying a stiff, killing a race horse, or having someone cover for him while he makes time with Jimmy Measles' wife — Peter's gotta be there.

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People

brings young Peter and Peters cousin Michael to Nick's gym for boxing lessons.

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The Millions

Whether in comics, films, or novels, this verisimilitude is a gift—recognition that you actually exist.

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The Millions

Dexter takes his time – most of the book, really – fleshing out the main characters, cousins Peter and Michael Flood from a Philadelphia gangster family.

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