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As kids, they took on New York's mean streets. As men, they're on opposite sides of the law. Dante O'Donnell and Jimmmy Burns took up the oath, the badge and the gun of the police force. Jo Jo Paradiso took a different path as a rising player in the Paradiso crime family. Today the three friends are trapped in an ever-more-vicious game of betrayal--one that threatens to break much more than the bonds of their youth. Martin's Press.
Posted January 18, 2015
Reading this novel made me feel that I was back in lower Manhattan or Queens, where I spent I spent
some forty years of my life. Written in the vernacular of the inhabitants made for a realism that was both
uncomfortable and downright scary. The plot and characters were quite believable. and the tug-of-war between good and evil in the story line is compelling. After a few chapters, I was hooked and couldn't put it down, wanting to see how these boyhood relationships would develop and evolve. What surprised me was that between all the brutal and gut-renching Mafia-type and petty crimes, the author was able to sprinkle in some very humorous scenes. The juxtaposition of mindless criminality and a good belly laugh seemed incongruous, but it worked seamlessly. In all, this novel is a definite must read.