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When a scandal cost him his high-paying job on Madison Avenue, ad man Jack Schiavone thought he could start over as a mattress discounter in beachfront Brooklyn. But his dream of a nice, quiet new life running a mattress store is about to get whacked.

There’s a mob war brewing, and “Mr. Mattress” quickly finds himself in the middle of it. The bad economy is killing the rackets, the Russians want a piece of what’s left, and the local don’s gorgeous black-sheep daughter, a ...

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Overview

When a scandal cost him his high-paying job on Madison Avenue, ad man Jack Schiavone thought he could start over as a mattress discounter in beachfront Brooklyn. But his dream of a nice, quiet new life running a mattress store is about to get whacked.

There’s a mob war brewing, and “Mr. Mattress” quickly finds himself in the middle of it. The bad economy is killing the rackets, the Russians want a piece of what’s left, and the local don’s gorgeous black-sheep daughter, a straight-arrow legal aid attorney, is making Jack think seriously about settling down and joining the Family.

With unforgettable characters — a slightly demented sandwich shop owner, a jealous lounge singer, and the world’s worst hit man (a.k.a. “the Chiropractor”) — this comedic crime thriller gives a whole new meaning to the term “going to the mattresses.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469217482
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Garfield is a columnist, broadcaster, and author. He is cohost of On the Media, a Peabody Award–winning weekly newsmagazine produced by WNYC and distributed by NPR. He is also cohost of the insanely popular Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, a weekly conversation about language. An inveterate journalist, he is a columnist for both MediaPost and the Guardian and the author of three previous nonfiction books. Another book, Can’t Buy Me Like, will be published in March 2013 by Penguin Portfolio. Garfield lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his film-producer wife, Milena Trobozic Garfield, and youngest daughter. He can barely locate Brooklyn on a map.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

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    Bob Garfield's BEDFELLOWS is sure to be the most hysterical book

    Bob Garfield's BEDFELLOWS is sure to be the most hysterical book you have ever read about the topics of organized crime and mob warfare. In the tradition of [[ASIN:0451205766 The Godfather]] and [[ASIN:0345441702 The Sicilian]], this book has Dons, hitmen, beautiful women, and corrupt cops. In addition, it has a hitman who has never once killed anyone even by accident, a mob daughter with a much larger bra size than IQ, a sandwich salesman who is a few slices of pepperoni short of a sub, and Amway.

    The Donato crime family is in serious trouble. Revenues are declining, the russians are moving in on their turf, and not worst of all, they seem to be losing their edge when it comes to being a feared crime family. Don Donato and his crew of semi-competent mobsters must band together before they lose influence in their own neighborhood...or worse, have to go legit.

    The book is almost farcical, the way it portrays the gangsters, mixing stereotypes with complete absurdity. For example, the only hitman the crew can afford is an outrageously stereotyped Jewish chiropractor. But the humor surrounding the violence that goes with any mob story makes the book. Garfield's character dialogue and situation descriptions will keep you smiling (when you aren't flat out laughing).

    Definite crude humor, violence and language. More of an "R" than a "PG-13." But definitely a great read.

    Fans of Christopher Moore will seriously enjoy this book.

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