In 1972, gambling is on the horizon for Atlantic City. Joey "the Gimp" Giampietro, a fortyish Mafioso in the Vecchio Crime Family of Philadelphia, and Johnny "GaGa"
Bellino from New York, have plans-big plans-to get themselves a piece of the action.
Bellino's plan was simple. The Gimp made it complex.
Amid the bustling streets of South Philadelphia the Gimp slips in and out of a revengeful psychotic funk. The abandonment by his mother at a young-age left the
Gimp vulnerable to the abuse of his foster father-an original capo in the Vecchio
Crime Family. In an attempt to settle old scores first, the Gimp never contemplates the rippling effect that his actions could have on his life. Finally, his double-dealing quest for satisfaction backfires into a fight for survival. As more and more people become entangled in the web of the criminal subculture perpetuated by the Gimp and his gang, many contemplate killing this fearsome rogue Mafioso. The most unlikely one will succeed.
Inevitably everyone who falls prey to the Gimp's contrivances is forced to seek resolution in the labyrinth of his or her conflicted lives. Some find sorrow and pain.
Others find hope and love. A few find tragic death. The lucky ones get another chance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This character-driven story hooked me from the get go despite my need to occasionally delve into a dictionary for words like esoteric and vacuous -go figure? Still, the author examines the nitty-gritty lives of the ordinary people on the fringes of organized crime without the assistance of the Sopranos' Dr. Melfi. Bada Bing! Bada Bang! The short chapters heightened the drama and left me wanting to know more. Hopefully,there'll be a sequel. More sir, please!
This blunt, gritty yet endearing tale becomes a real page turner after the reader does an intimate slow dance with the characters. A must read for any Sopranos fan!
Another Chance: Tales of South Philadelphia delivers an insightful view of the criminal micro-culture of South Philadelphia. The well formulated story line unfolds into a rapid paced page-turner after the reader becomes intimate with the characters. It's surprising conclusion is believable and on some inner level justified. The sub plot of Johnny Cerone's cross-country journey reminded me of Lord Jim and the young man's jouney down the river. This book will not disappoint you.