Mafia Summer by E.Duke Vincent
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One a Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, the other a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door, Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950. Their friendship develops over the course of a summer that will change Vinny's fortunes forever, at a cost he could never have imagined. Based on a true story, Mafia Summer brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in Mafia history and in the lives of the teenagers caught up by the Mob. "Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather...Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."—Kirkus Reviews "E. Duke Vincent hits the target dead center with this first novel set on the bloody streets of Hell's Kitchen. A mini-epic, complete with a full-scale crime war, Mafia Summer remains a detailed tale of friendship and of the best kind of loyalty. A masterful performance."—Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Paradise City "One of the best books on the mafia I have ever read. Right up there with The Godfather."—New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins
 

About E.Duke Vincent

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E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960-61, and flew the F9F-8P Cougar from which the team was filmed for the NBC television series The Blue Angels, launching his interest in television. He went on to a successful career as a TV writer and producer. In 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling Television, where he is currently executive producer and vice chairman. His credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His newest series, Clubhouse, is currently on CBS (Tues 9pm). His TV movies include the Emmy Award-winning Day One and And the Band Played On.
 
Published December 13, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 402 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Coming-of-age first novel of a crucial two weeks in the summer of 1950, when Vinny Vesta, teenage street punk from Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, finds the buddy—and the girl—of his dreams as he becomes a pawn in a crime family war.

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When a rival gang begins gunning not only for Vinny but also for Sidney, the level of danger reaches a new high for both Vinny and his father, who is interjecting himself into the action.

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But unfortunately MAFIA SUMMER turns to encompass mainly Vinny's life of crime, his association with the Mafia families and mob shenanigans as individual mob bosses scheme to use Vinny to further their power base.

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