The Exceptions by David Cristofano

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From David Cristofano, the Edgar® Award-nominated author of The Girl She Used to Be, comes a poignant, darkly witty story about the ties that bind us together . . . and the choices that rip us apart.

THE EXCEPTIONS

No loose ends. It's the Bovaro family motto. As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do: take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family. The only problem: he can't bring himself to do it.

Had Jonathan kept his silence, Melody and her parents would never have been identified and lured into the Witness Protection Program, able to run but never to hide. So he keeps her safe the only way he knows how-by vowing to clean up his own mess while acting as her shield.

But as he watches her take on another new identity in yet another new town, becoming a beautiful but broken woman, Jonathan can't get her out of his mind . . . or his heart. From the streets of Little Italy to a refuge that promises a fresh start, Jonathan will be forced to choose between the life he's always known, the destiny his family has carved out for him, and a future unlike anything he's ever imagined.

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About David Cristofano

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David Cristofano has worked for different branches of the Federal Government for over fifteen years, serving such agencies as the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. His debut novel, The Girl She Used To Be, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. He currently works in the Washington DC area where he lives with his wife, son, and daughter.THE EXCEPTIONS is his second novel.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 469 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Initially, Jonathan and his cousin are dispatched to Wisconsin to eliminate the McCartneys, but for reasons he cannot fully understand, Jonathan cannot kill Melody, even as he tries but cannot prevent his cousin’s murder of her parents.

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Book Reporter

It was Jonathan Bovaro’s father, a crime lord, who committed the violent act that Melody and her parents witnessed, and it was Jonathan who, as a young boy, saw the family flee the scene of the incident and provide the identification that ultimately enabled his family to trace Melody and her fami...

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Open Letters Monthly

He is Jonathan Bovaro, sent by his family to kill her – but he’s in love with her and pretty much always has been, and thus Cristofano sets the pieces in motion for a story that’s a little bit syrupy, a little bit predictable, and yet wholly engrossing.

Sep 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Exceptions

City Book Review

He loves his family and is capable of doing their unsavory bidding, though Jonathan is often a conflicted and reluctant participant in the world of crime.

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Look At OKC

When he was 10, Jonathan Bovaro saw Melody Grace McCartney with her parents, attempting to enter his father's restaurant.

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Cocktails and Books

As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do: take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family.

Oct 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Exceptions

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