Johnny Porno

Johnny Porno

by Charlie Stella
     
 

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Everybody’s out to get Johnny Porno!

It’s the New York City in the 1970’s and John Albano is trying to get by. But they’ve taken his union card and work is hard to come by. He’s hired to pick up the cash at showings of the recently banned Deep Throat, which is how he meets Eddie Vento, the local mobster in charge of

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Everybody’s out to get Johnny Porno!

It’s the New York City in the 1970’s and John Albano is trying to get by. But they’ve taken his union card and work is hard to come by. He’s hired to pick up the cash at showings of the recently banned Deep Throat, which is how he meets Eddie Vento, the local mobster in charge of distribution, who wants him to go to work for him. And Nick Santorra, Vento’s loud-mouthed driver, who just loves to ride Albano every chance he gets, and knows how to hold a grudge.

And then there’s his ex-wife Nancy, now re-married for the third time, still demanding her child support. Nancy is also still seeing her first husband, Louis, a hustler who looks a lot like Duane Allman. But Louis has got a new girlfriend, Holly, and this drives Nancy crazy, which she naturally takes out on Albano.

Albano even has a problem he doesn’t know about, a drugged out ex-cop named Billy Hastings. Convinced that John is trying to put the make on his wife at a bar one evening, Hastings takes a swing at Albano but John drops him. Hastings is caught on tape starting the fight and he’s forced into retirement, but he knows who’s to blame for everything—and Albano is going to pay.

At the same time, they’re all being watched by detectives Neil Levin and Steven Brice from Internal Affairs, who may or may not be on the same side. And Special Agent Darrel Stebenow, who is watching out for Brigit Malone, Vento’s undercover girlfriend. And Lt. Det. Sean Kelly, who is watching out for himself.

At the center of it all is Johnny Porno—god, how he hates that name!—a guy who’s just trying to stay ahead of the hustle and make a living. Just trying to stay alive.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in New York City in 1973, Stella's vibrant seventh crime novel catches the cadence and daily grind of organized crime grunts. John Albano, who lost his carpenter job and his union card because he punched out his foreman, now collects cash receipts for the mob from illicit screenings of Deep Throat, the mob-produced pornographic film that reputedly would earn more than $600 million. Still struggling to pay his bills as well as child support for his beloved son, Albano considers getting more involved with the Mafia, despite his qualms. Stella (Mafiya) tosses an eclectic cast of characters into the mix, including Albano's remarried ex-wife and police investigators looking into the mobster Albano reports to, Eddie Vento. Though implausible subplots at times threaten to overwhelm the main plot, admirers of Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins will be happy. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Johnny Porno is in many ways a master's class on how to write a novel ... The dialog flows so smooth you'd swear you were overhearing someone's conversation... Bottom line is that Johnny Porno is one of the best books I've read so far this year."-Brian Lindenmuth (Spinetingler Magazine)

"... Charlie Stella's JOHNNY PORNO is the man's best yet, and I've been a fan of his work for years since someone slipped me an arc of CHARLIE OPERA in '05."- Russel D. McLean, Author of The Good Son

"Mr. Stella is a natural. As soon as I finished Johnny Porno I gave the book to my son so we could both be wiser-guys. Now I'm going to find all his other novels. He's a true master." -Dow Mossman, The Stones of Summer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933586298
Publisher:
Stark House
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
988,999
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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