Trinities

Trinities

by Nick Tosches
     
 

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Trinities is a tale of evil. At its heart is the story of the apocalyptic final battle for control of the the world's multibillion dollar heroin trade—a battle between America's last generation of Sicilian Mafiosi are rich and ruthless Asian druglords. Set against a vivid backdrop that reaches from the streets of Brooklyn.and Chinatown to the remote and

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Trinities is a tale of evil. At its heart is the story of the apocalyptic final battle for control of the the world's multibillion dollar heroin trade—a battle between America's last generation of Sicilian Mafiosi are rich and ruthless Asian druglords. Set against a vivid backdrop that reaches from the streets of Brooklyn.and Chinatown to the remote and secret power circles of Italy and the Orient, this is a stunning novel populated with characters who are in every way larger than life: opium warlords of the Shan highlands, soulless hitmen and equally soulless yuppie financiers, and a lawman whose journey into the forbidden reaches of his own soul is as compelling as the great conflagration that rages around him. Never before have the worlds of Asian druglords and the Italian mafia been portrayed with such deadly fidelity and insight. Written in lyrical, incandescent prose, Trinities takes us further into these worlds—incendiary, malevolent, and vicious—than any novel has before.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If the prospect of Yoruba tribesmen employed as drug couriers and detonating all over the inside of airplane cabins seems intriguing, Tosches's (Cut Numbers and the biographies of Jerry Lee Lewis and Dean Martin) new novel has just such a hook. That elaborate scheme is one of the many spectacular elements of an aging mafioso's attempt to destabilize the world heroin trade in order to again reign supreme-for too long the ``spics,'' ``niggers'' and ``chinks'' have been getting all the glory. Guiseppe De Pietro, a legendary mobster presumed to be in retirement, enlists his nephew Johnny and an older gent named Louie Bones to do his bidding. Hot on the trail they leave of riddled, acid-burned, beheaded and incinerated bodies is a do-good cop named Marshall and his sidekick, Wang. Tosches's tale advances like storyboards for an action picture, with prolonged sequences of hysterical, over-the-top violence and cruelty. Although the plot wobbles in and out of plausibility and the good-guy cops seem like they've wandered into the wrong book, readers nonplussed by pervasive misanthropy and gore can marvel at Tosches's detailed vision-down to the brand names of chemicals used in making heroin-and his at times extraordinary prose. Film rights to MGM; 10-city tour; audio rights to BDD. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Tosches (Dino, LJ 6/1/92) delivers a well-written but unsavory thriller. Three aging Mafia dons are battling a triad of Asian drug lords over control of the world's heroin market. Several international drug players are murdered, and poisoned heroin is hitting the streets. Part of the Mafia plan is to hack into the Drug Enforcement Agency's high-security computer system while brokering an arms-for-heroin deal with the Asians. The Asian triad plans a double cross; both "trinities" plan treachery. Bob Marshall, a DEA agent, investigates and quickly finds himself in over his head. Johnny Di Pietro, a young Mafioso learning his "trade," comes to terms with its brutality. These "good vs. evil" characters are elegantly paralleled as one ultimately succeeds in destroying the other. Tosches offers detailed descriptions of heroin use, smuggling methods, and the graphic violence surrounding this world. Recommended for hard-core crime fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/94.]-Stacie Browne Chandler, Plymouth P.L., Mass.
Brad Hooper
That film rights have been optioned by MGM pretty much says it all--that this novel is fast and slick and makes no bones about its lack of subtlety and nuance. (As you're reading along, it's easy to imagine Andy Garcia in a significant role.) Sparks fly as two criminal underworlds collide, the old and the new: the Mafia of yesterday and the Asian drug lords of today. They fight for turf all over the world, and it becomes a tripartite conflict when the law becomes a presence. Sex and blood are the order of the day as Tosches paints an unoriginal but certainly a colorful and even an authentic picture of a segment of society where violence begets money.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312956899
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.19(d)

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