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Augie
     

Augie

by John H Rizzo
 

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Augie Manetti is a small-time Chicago hustler who yearns to be a made man in La Cosa Nostra. To that end he married Cathy Musso, the niece of Salvatore "Artie" Musso, a capo in the New York Marzullo crime family. Although his union with the mafioso's niece has yielded little in the way of criminal advancement, Augie and Cathy's marriage has produced a super-talented,

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Augie Manetti is a small-time Chicago hustler who yearns to be a made man in La Cosa Nostra. To that end he married Cathy Musso, the niece of Salvatore "Artie" Musso, a capo in the New York Marzullo crime family. Although his union with the mafioso's niece has yielded little in the way of criminal advancement, Augie and Cathy's marriage has produced a super-talented, but troubled, singer, Tina, who is on the threshold of opera stardom. When Augie's brother, Mimo, marries the beautiful Helen Simone, who comes from a family of successful lawyers, a chain-reaction of action-packed events begins that threatens everyone involved.

When Augie thinks he is on his way to "making his bones," he discovers too late that he, his brother and his daughter are only pawns in the vicious gangland battle between Artie Musso and the evil Parigi brothers. Also casualties of this war are Augie's love affair with the mysterious New York madam, Cassandra Davis, and Tina's romance with Special Forces warrior-turned hit man Al Colucci.

When the worlds of big-time opera and organized crime collide, the result is a series of raw sexual interludes and brutal and violent scenes.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013482739
Publisher:
D.W. Reed
Publication date:
12/03/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John H. Rizzo is a veteran author and essayist. He is currently the chief staff writer for Amici Journal, an Italian-American Magazine. For over twenty-five years he has written comprehensively on opera and Italian culture. Many of his essays can be read on www.italianoperachicago.com, the official Internet organ of the Italian Opera Company of Chicago, a professional organization which he founded in 2001, and of which he is the artistic director.

Mr. Rizzo also has an extensive professional background in music and theater, and has appeared in several made-in-Chicago films. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member at Oakton College in Des Plaines, Ill. where he teaches Western Civilization and various classes on Music, Film and Theater.

John H. Rizzo holds a Masters Degree in Theater from the University of Illinois and is the author and composer of several musicals for young people. He also made original translations of the choruses from the Agamemnon of Aeschylus for which he composed the music. In the summer he leads cultural tours of Greece and Italy.

His latest novel is The Dean, which will soon be available in print and electronic formats.

He resides in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Jan, and two cats.

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