A NovelBook - 2005
In 1950, unlikely friends Vinny Vesta, a tough Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, and Sidney Butcher, a brilliant Orthodox Jew, are caught in the crossfire when Gee-gee Perone, a ruthless mobster, plots to eliminate the other mob bosses to transform himself into the capo di tutti capos, in a novel based on a pivotal episode in Mafia history. 75,000 first printing.
August 1950: A brutal mob takeover is about to set Hell's Kitchen on fire.
Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher are an unlikely pair of friends. One is a tough Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, and the other is a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door. But after they meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950, a friendship takes off.
When Gee-gee Petrone, a ruthless and brilliant mobster, puts into motion a plan to knock out the other mob bosses and to make himself capo di tutti capos, Vinny finds himself caught in the crossfire. Now Vinny has to put to use everything he's recently learned to survive-and, with the help of his gang of up-and-coming young mobsters, the Icemen, to get his revenge on Petrone.
Based on actual events, Mafia Summer brilliantly fictionalizes the pivotal moment in Mafia history when Vito Genovese attempted to undo Frank Costello and become the leader of the Luciano family. At the heart of this classic tale of the Mob, replete with plot twists, violence, and suspense, is the story of an unforgettable friendship and an indelible portrait of an era.
Blackwell North Amer
It is the summer of 1950, and a heat wave has overtaken Manhattan. Two unlikely friends - eighteen-year-old Vinny Vesta, the tough Sicilian head of a street gang, and Sidney Butcher, a sickly, whip-smart Jewish boy whose family has just moved in across the hall - find themselves caught in the crossfire of the war between the five Mafia families who rule New York.
When Gee-gee Petrone, a ruthless and ambitious caporegime in the Luciano crime family, hires Vinny to steal forty cases of sable pelts from a civilian storage depot, it seems like business as usual. But when the cops suddenly show up before the robbery is completed, Vinny suspects a setup. He becomes convinced after Petrone demands that he fulfill the contract by stealing the pelts from a warehouse owned by a member of Petrone's own family. But what does Petrone possibly have to gain from it? Hungry for answers, Vinny agrees to play along. It is a decision with drastic consequences. That first heist leads Vinny and his gang into a vicious conflict with Petrone, who will stop at nothing to attain the coveted position of capo di tutti capi for his mentor - Vito Genovese. As Vinny's father, a made man, gets involved, and a rival street gang starts gunning for Vinny and Sidney, Hell's Kitchen becomes deadlier than ever.
Based on actual events, Mafia Summer fictionalizes the pivotal moment in Mafia history when Vito Genovese attempted to undo Frank Costello and become the leader of the Luciano family.
In 1950, unlikely friends Vinny Vesta, a tough Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, and Sidney Butcher, a brilliant Orthodox Jew, are caught in the crossfire when Gee-gee Perone, a ruthless mobster, plots to eliminate the other mob bosses.