Cheapskates

Cheapskates

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by Charles Stella
     
 

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Reese Waters is headstrong, principled, and a bit naive. The former bus driver and now ex-con merely wants to do the right thing by prison buddy Peter Rizzo. He just doesn’t expect the right thing to entail $50,000 in cash, a funeral, the mean-spirited schemes of Rizzo’s congenitally greedy ex-wife, confrontations with Mafia consigliere Jimmy Valentine,

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Reese Waters is headstrong, principled, and a bit naive. The former bus driver and now ex-con merely wants to do the right thing by prison buddy Peter Rizzo. He just doesn’t expect the right thing to entail $50,000 in cash, a funeral, the mean-spirited schemes of Rizzo’s congenitally greedy ex-wife, confrontations with Mafia consigliere Jimmy Valentine, two hit men, a Nation of Islam splinter group, and the homicide investigation of two New York police detectives. Reese is barely a day out of Fishkill Penitentiary before his world is spinning crazily out of control because everybody’s after the money, which is all at once a divorce settlement, an unhonored debt, a ransom demand, a shakedown, a killer’s fee, and a mere fifty g’s. With dynamite dialogue, high-octane action, and hardboiled humor, what author Charlie Stella’s cheapskates will do for the money gets as wild as the ride of a runaway bus loose on Second Avenue.

Editorial Reviews

Connie Fletcher
“...a metropolitan Macbeth filled with mobsters, bent cops, a Nation of Islam splinter group, and a rapacious ex-wife. Stella, the author of three well-received, character-driven crime novels—presents another deeply realized hero confronting a greed-crazed world.”
David Montgomery
"With his fourth book, Cheapskates (Carroll & Graf, $25), Stella has combined his playwright's gift for crackling dialogue with another strong, character-driven story that resonates with authenticity and emotion ... Stella writes with intelligence and wit, infusing his stories with the reality of the streets and a sly sense of humor. He might just be the best crime writer you've never read."
Harper Barnes
"Charlie Stella writes the kind of "George Higgins on Mulberry Street" dialogue you imagine he might from his name, and he tells a pretty good tale of hit men and Mafiosi and ex-convicts who are actually innocent in 'Cheapskates' (Avalon, 304 pages, $25). Charlie Stella's previous opus, the nearly eponymous 'Charlie Opera,' did well, and this one should, too."
Publishers Weekly
"It takes a finely tuned ear to write dialogue that rings true, and Stella (Charlie Opera , etc.) has it. With his hapless crooks and wry humor, he belongs in line behind Elmore Leonard and Donald E. Westlake ... Readers will eagerly await the next book from this talented author."
Robert Wade
“Charlie Stella's first novel, "Eddie's World," drew favorable comparison with such masters of the crime novel as Mario Puzo and Elmore Leonard. Three outings later, that judgment is still valid. A born storyteller, Stella combines quirky characters, clever plotting and a keen ear for the jargon of the streets to produce a thriller redolent with shocks, suspense and – somewhat surprisingly – humor.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013129689
Publisher:
Charlie Stella
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
293
File size:
724 KB

Meet the Author

I am the author of 8 hardboiled crime novels, plays and one screenplay. I am long familiar with the streets of New York, organized crime and the characters that inhabit it. My novels all deal with organized crime, a fictitious crime family and many characters appear in several of my books. In July 2012, Rough Riders will be published by Stark House Press. Rough Riders is a sequel to my first two books, Eddie's World & Jimmy Bench-Press (both available on Nook).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read Charlie Stella, you're missing out on one of the best crime novelists currently working. CHEAPSKATES doesn't disappoint. Buy it. Read it and tell your friends. They'll thank you.