Charlie Opera

Charlie Opera

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by Charlie Stella
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"For his third brilliant crime novel, following Jimmy Bench-Press (2002)...Stella's dialogue is electric and funny...This outing Stella offers us quite a few sympathetic characters, from Charlie and the cocktail waitress he's falling for, to strong-arm men Francone and Lano. You actually feel sorry for the poor New York Mafioso, dropped in Las Vegas like sharks flipped into a pool of piranhas."/ A Mystery Book of the Year 2003 Selection – Publishers Weekly *Starred* Review
Wes Lukowsky
"Stella is carving himself a niche in crime literature somewhere between the late Eugene Izzi's street noir and Elmore Leonard's ironic tragicomedies. Bottom line: it works. Stella is a rising star."/ Booklist runner-up to the Top Ten Mysteries of late 2003/early 2004 – Booklist – Wes Lukowsky (Booklist *Starred* Review)
Kirkus Reviews
"Stella's Goodfellas do their wild and crazy thing once more … the pace never slows, and you'll like tough, tenderhearted Charlie a lot." Kirkus Reviews
Robert Wade
"Combine Mario Puzo and Elmore Leonard, add a dash of George V. Higgins and what do you get? Charlie Stella, that's what. His flamboyant characters, violent action and picturesque dialogue place his work among the best of underworld thrillers, past and present." – San Diego Union Tribune
Midwest Book Review
"…A veritable organized crime soap opera of seamy characters and their tangled machinations surrounding one man who dared to break a wiseguy's jaw, Charlie Opera is genuinely gripping, vividly written, and totally exciting reading." – The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012404077
Publisher:
Charlie Stella
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
234,846
File size:
385 KB

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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Charlie Opera 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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ChrisLaTray More than 1 year ago
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. . . .
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.