Stand-Up Guy

Stand-Up Guy

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by Laurie Brown
     
 
Stories of sex, drugs and violence are told by a guy who did it all – except rat on his friends. Nostalgic, blunt, touching and brutal, it’s a fast-paced journey into and out of the days and nights of a street level gangster. From jacking the pumps at the local Texaco to disappearing owing the mob money, this is a true story of twenty years on the

Overview

Stories of sex, drugs and violence are told by a guy who did it all – except rat on his friends. Nostalgic, blunt, touching and brutal, it’s a fast-paced journey into and out of the days and nights of a street level gangster. From jacking the pumps at the local Texaco to disappearing owing the mob money, this is a true story of twenty years on the streets of Brooklyn and Long Island selling drinks, women and drugs along the way.

The story is a fast drive that starts with recruitment by Tommy Toupee and speeds straight into the dark nights and early morning hours of hardcore gangster life. Experience what it was like to break a knee-cap, hustle a chick, hide out in Florida and wash prison laundry while trippin’ on acid. Twenty years on the streets with a guy who could never be made but dedicated himself nonetheless to being the best there was to be whether it was tending bar, selling women or dealing cocaine. Never giving up anybody, taking the heat and doing the time until a taste for coke and the need for money drove him to the edge and he had to disappear. Now all this former tough-guy gangster wants is to be make things right back home. It’s Long Island and Brooklyn at their seediest best compelling you into the alleys and apartments where it all went down. Grab yourself a Petrocelli suit, bolt down a ham steak at the Cadillac Diner and hang on for a quick hit of adventure New York City gangster style.

Editorial Reviews

Mike White
I read quite a few Kindle novels, but rarely review them. I am a fussy so and so, you see, and sometimes the quality is at best disappointing. Yet I keep at it, vainly attempting to be the half full glass kind of guy in anticipation of finding a solid gold gem of a story.

This is it.

Quite simply an entrancing and interesting story well written and told. For fans of the genre it is a must read. For non fans or naysayers, try it. I couldn't put the damned thing down. It really i
Peter Catalano
Very real. And very entertaining. I grew up in NY/NJ and the language in this book reads 100% authentic. If you are fascinated by organized crime, as many of us are (c'mon admit it), this is a must-read.
Travis Loux
An interesting look into the morality of organized crime. Unlike most mafia stories this doesn't focus on someone at the top, so you get a much different viewpoint than in most other books and movies. Some of the days are fairly mundane, but with the amount of money (and drugs) being pushed around there's always the potential for something to go bad quickly - and it often does. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the mafia or organized crime.
Mike Casale
Really enjoyed this book. It is a fast paced and fascinating view into the life of a guy that I found myself pulling for despite his life style and actions. A really good book to take along on a trip or long plane ride.
Michelle Henkle
An interesting journey into the mind of a criminal involved in the mafia controlled areas of New York City in the 1960's and 1970's. It is his story as told to the author in her writing debut. As I took the journey, I kept thinking that he couldn't possibly survive in his environment and activities, but he obviously lived to tell the tale. I recommend this book!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013925977
Publisher:
Laurie Brown
Publication date:
03/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
450 KB

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Meet the Author

I grew up in Monterey, California, a small beach town, and it never occured to me that one day I might meet and tell the story of a former mob-connected gangster straight off the streets of Brooklyn, New York. But that's exactly what happened.

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Stand-Up Guy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about my good friend's brother! Good read.