Get married, have a kid-it's not much to ask. Unless you've got to first divorce the mob. And Bobby Genarro only thinks he has, in this brutal, funny new crime novel from Charlie Stella, "who," says the Chicago Sun-Times, "may just be the best crime writer you've never read."
For three months now, ex-bookmaker Bobby G has been heading down the straight and narrow. He's got the girl-pretty Lin Yao-and he's bought the ring. Then his old boss flips and rats on his Mafioso associates. And before you can say the Mott Street Shadows, the wiseguys' shakedown is escalating into warfare with a Chinese gang in the heart of Little Italy. Bobby G has got trouble.
Charlie Stella, the author of five underworld novels, lives with his wife Anne Marie in New Jersey.
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In the hands of a lesser writer all of this background and subtext would have been explained, and sure it would have been interesting as a history lesson, but the way that Stella just leaves it hang out there as part veiled threat, part secret history lesson, part scolding is much more effective.Oct 06 2007 | Read Full Review of Shakedown: a novel of crime
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