Charlie Operaby Charlie Stella
A guy goes to Las Vegas for a holiday. In a matter of hours he gets drunk, gets mugged, and gets dumped by his wife. Things could get worse, and do, in this new crime novel from Charlie Stella, whose work, says the San
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A gritty underworld thriller that takes mob bosses, hit men, and gangland wannabes to Las Vegas where the name of their game is Charlie Opera.
A guy goes to Las Vegas for a holiday. In a matter of hours he gets drunk, gets mugged, and gets dumped by his wife. Things could get worse, and do, in this new crime novel from Charlie Stella, whose work, says the San Diego Union Tribune, not only recalls George V. Higgins but also “stacks up well against the master.”
With bravura, alternating brutality with humor and high-octane action with virtuoso tough-guy dialogue, Stella crafts his story of Charlie Pellecchia, whose unwitting entanglement with New York mobster Nicky Cuccia plops him in the path of the DEA, FBI, and Las Vegas police. Law enforcement may find Charlie awkwardly in its way, but elsewhere—in deluxe casino hotel suites, at deserted construction sites, on quiet residential streets—a bodybuilding punk looking to be made, a professional killer, a mob chief’s double-dealing accountant, and a pair of Vietnamese gangbangers are all trying to put Charlie permanently out of the way. All because he broke a wiseguy’s jaw.
Add to the mix hookers with felonious kinks, a cop deeply troubled by his wife’s infidelity, a ham-fisted redneck with vengeance on his mind and some bad faith between a Brooklyn crime family and the Russian mob. Things go down tough in Charlie’s opera.
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Meet the Author
Charlie Stella is a former window cleaner/word processor/knockaround guy. He left his knockaround life after meeting his wife (for whom he wrote his first published novel in an attempt to impress her). He’s since written six critically acclaimed crime novels about the New York City underworld that feature recurring characters on both sides of the law.
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For mob-centric, character-driven crime, I don't think anyone alive is doing it as well as Charlie Stella. His books are a gas to read, the violence isn't over-the-top graphic, and while it certainly dips into noir you can't always expect that the worst that can possibly happen will always happen. That's one of the things that gets tedious with noir, in the same way that constant happy endings can be tedious. Stella keeps us on our toes, and that is what I want from a book like this. I'm just glad I have a couple more of his books to read yet. . . .
This is an excellent crime novel- Charles Stella writes very funny, dark and realistic characters... ive bought and read all three of his books and i highly reccomend them all.
CHARLIE OPERA is a dark and humorous crime novel with a fast-paced plot full of trapdoors and pratfalls that test the limits of its protagonist, Charlie Pellecchia,but never that of its readers. Charlie Stella is the real thing. Don't miss this one.
CHARLIE OPERA is a funny, dark, and finally moving crime novel with a lightning-quick plot full of trapdoors and pratfalls that test the limits of its protagonist, Charlie Pellecchia, but never that of its readers. Charlie Stella is the real thing. A great read. Highly recommended.