Black Widow: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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In this riveting follow-up to Mafia Summer, Vinny Vesta's torrid affair with his co-pilot's widow brings him, unwittingly and unwillingly, back into the family business. The only question is whether he can escape it again, with his life. Black Widow is a gripping page-turner that brings to life the decadent bachelor-pad living of the Blue Angels, old-Hollywood grandeur, and ...
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Black Widow: A Novel

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Overview


In this riveting follow-up to Mafia Summer, Vinny Vesta's torrid affair with his co-pilot's widow brings him, unwittingly and unwillingly, back into the family business. The only question is whether he can escape it again, with his life. Black Widow is a gripping page-turner that brings to life the decadent bachelor-pad living of the Blue Angels, old-Hollywood grandeur, and the maneuverings of Genovese as he takes over the Luciano crime family and alters the face of the New York Mob.

PRAISE FOR MAFIA SUMMER:

"Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."--Kirkus Reviews

"With its pedigree, it just may be the perfect summer book."--New York Post, "Required Reading"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596919280
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 568,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

E. Duke Vincent
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.

Biography

E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. A TV writer and producer, he joined Aaron Spelling in 1977 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, 7th Heaven, and Clubhouse. His TV movies include the Emmy award-winning Day One and And the Band Payed On.

Author biography courtesy of Bloomsbury USA.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Vincent:

"The first thing I did when I left the Navy was buy a small restaurant/cocktail lounge in New Jersey to support my family while I got my start writing. I loved it, and actually owned it for nine years."

"I married the star of one of the TV shows I produced: Pamela Hensley of Matt Houston."

"I still love to fly and am a trustee of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida."

"I fly my own airplane -- a Beech King Air 300 turboprop -- and will use it on my book tour. At the moment: Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles."

"I'm a fly-fisherman and golfer with a ridiculously high handicap."

"Aaron Spelling and I have been together for 28 years, and in my 40-year career I've written or produced over 2,300 hours of television, including 1,600 hours of prime time and over 750 hours of daytime television. My current titles are executive producer and vice chairman of Spelling Television. It's been one helluva run... but this is my first novel."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edward Ventimiglia (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Montecito, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 30, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Jersey City, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Seton Hall University, 1954
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    The Black Widow Scores

    Characters that were started in Mafia Summer come back to life. A page turner and a light and sexy love affair keep you involved. Coast to coast romance blooms and you hope for the hero to win in the end.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Pass this one by

    Predictable, grade B writing, awkward, tedious to get through

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    FUN READ WITH GREAT CHARACTERS

    I loved Vincent's first book, Mafia Summer, and was thrilled to find out he wrote a sequel. The setting this time is the late fifties, an era he captures perfectly. Vincent's hero, Vinnie, has left Little Italy and the mob behind (or so he thinks) and is now a fighter pilot based in Jacksonville, Florida. The flying scenes feel completely authentic (not surprising since Vincent was a fighter pilot) but so do the scenes of drinking and womanizing. It must have been a wonderful time to be a Naval Aviator. The Black Widow turns out to be a smart, beautiful actress named Caitlin who Vinnie falls hopelessly in love with. The scenes between the two of them are hot, filled with sex and well, more sex. Caitlin's father is a rich, powerful, mob connected lawyer who hates Navy pilots and vows to break them up. But Daddy is not the only one with mob connections. Vinnie grew up on the streets and still considered to be part of the Family. And this is where the book gets really interesting mixing actual Mafia history (like the birth of Las Vegas) with Vinnie fighting to keep the lady he loves. I really liked this book. Vincent deftly mixes action, humor, romance and suspense in a fast, fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    Black Widow

    This novel is terrific! I was so engaged in the story that after three Starbucks concoctions i was still not ready to close the hardback. The story is incredibly detailed and revealing in regards to the shadowy history and impact of the mafia in a man's life. So captivating that it almost seems a true life experience, which it very well might be. Indeed, most authors say 'you can only write about what you know.' The plot is sophisticated. The action is fast. And the sex is hammering. This book is a must for those who have endured the 'testosterone challenged' stories overrated by so many book clubs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    Black Widow

    Black Widow is more than an action adventure novel about a Navy Fighter Pilot. Although it's fresh and absorbing background propels us though Jacksonville, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Havana, it's the fascinating love story between Lt. Vinny Vesta and Kat Pennington that makes the novel a winner. He is the son of a deceased Mafia father, (from Mafia Summer). She is the widow of a squadron-mate who was killed while flying on Vesta's wing and the daughter of a controlling Mafia lawyer who hates Vesta. The combination of elements makes it the best book I've read in a long time. Don't miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    Kudos to E. Duke

    An incredible look at 1957 America set against the adventures of a Navy fighter pilot. I read Vincent's first novel, Mafia Summer and was completely absorbed by the extraordinary characters and the portrayal of New York's Hell's Kitchen in 1950. He's done it again seven years later in a story that brings us unforgettable looks at Havana in the days before Castro and Mob ruled Las Vegas in the days before it became a 'family town.' Once again the protagonist is Vinny Vesta now Lt. Vincent Vesta, in a Jacksonville fighter squadron. What impressed me most was how Vincent drives the action forward with a beautiful love story that proceeds against impossible odds because her irrationally controlling father, who is a Mafia lawyer, is determined to keep them apart. An exceptional blend of background, characters and action that fascinated me from cover to cover. I give it five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    After reading E. Duke Vincent's excellent first book, Mafia Summer, I couldn't wait for him to write another one. But, as the saying goes, 'Be careful what you wish for.' Vincent's new book, 'Black Widow' is extremely disappointing and one of the worst books I've read in a while. The plot is paper-thin, the characters are one-dimensional at best, and the dialogue is unrealistic. If that's not enough to dissuade you from wasting your time and money, then try this on for size -- all the action is totally predictable. Hopefully, Vincent will return to (what I hope is his true) form in his next effort. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and view 'Black Widow' as a 'sophomore jinx.' But my recommendation to you is to skip this book, but do read Mafia Summer if you haven't done so.

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