If you liked The Sopranos and Goodfellas, you'll love Contract Pending.
FRANKIE FIORE, son of a Brooklyn shoemaker is recruited by JIMMY "The
Nose" PROVITERA, a local mob boss of a New York mafia crime family. Jimmy assigns Biff Rollo a hardnosed mob veteran the job of teaching an eager Frankie the ropes.
Frankie takes to his unde rhanded tasks like a bee to honey, which pleases Jimmy to no end.
To further his underworld career, Jimmy teams Frankie with Anthony Grace, another aspiring young hood, together they work very effectively as collections enforcers to the satisfaction of their boss, Jimmy.
Things change drastically when Frankie decides to play hooky from work and go to a Yankee-Red Sox playoff game with his brother Ray, when he should have been doing collections with Anthony.
Anthony, all alone with the collection money in his greedy hands, decides to play the ponies, where he loses a whopping ninety seven grand. Needless to say, when Jimmy finds out, he is seething. The boys are in deep doo doo, especially Frankie for making the dumb decision to go to a ballgame instead of doing his job with Anthony.
Frankie tells his father LOUIE what happened. Louie advises his son to leave town. In the meantime Jimmy tries to find Frankie and settle the score. Frustrated at not being able to catch up with him, Jimmy takes it out on his longtime friend Louie, who is brutally beaten by his thugs.
Frankie, who is on the lam, ends up in a small town in North Carolina where he meets and falls for Peggy, a single mom who works in a diner. Peggy has been reluctantly involved with Carl, her abusive ex-boyfriend. She wants to end the relationship with Carl, but he persists in taunting her and during a heated argument, he beats her up.
When Frankie hears about Carl's indiscretion, he tracks him down to his motel room, where he works him over with a tire iron. Carl, seeking to avenge the beating, slips into Frankie's rented cottage, where he uncovers a newspaper clipping that reveals that the mob is looking for Frankie. Carl makes his way to Jimmy the Nose in Brooklyn where he tells him that Frankie is hiding out in Dunnville, North Carolina.
Jimmy summons Biff and instructs him to make the hit and take out Frankie. Biff turns down the job. A chagrined but determined Jimmy then calls on two of his trusted goons SONNY and MAX to do the deed.
When Max and Sonny arrive in Dunnville, they search for and find Peggy
and her young daughter JANA and take them as hostages.
Unbeknownst to them, Biff is also in Dunnville to warn Frankie and to help him.
What transpires is a wild shootout at Angie's house where Frankie and
Tullio emerge victorious.
Back in New York, Frankie and Biff appear in court as star witnesses to implicate Jimmy The Nose.
Frankie comes clean and because of his cooperation as a witness, he is given a light sentence. Upon his release he returns to Dunnville where he reunites with Angie.
About the Author
A Very Short Biography of
I am a “late bloomer” and I believe my life to date is an asset, mainly because it has given me so many diverse experiences that I can use to color and shade my writing.
When I lived in New York, I did some acting on TV.
Currently in Raleigh North Carolina I have been cast locally in television commercials, feature films shooting in the area, and community theater productions.
When I was a youngster growing up in New York, I was made aware by teachers and contemporaries of a talent I had for writing, though I did not have special instruction in that area.
About two years ago I read about a young woman, who without formal training and by just reading a book about screenwriting was able to write and sell a screenplay to a major company. The story inspired me to follow her lead.
I purchased every publication on the subject that I could get my hands on and immersed myself in them. I also purchased a screenwriting software program on Ebay.
I have since written three feature length screenplays and one short screenplay.
My screenplay, Contract Pending placed as a semi finalist in the 2008 Disney Writing Fellowship Awards. It also placed as a semi finalist in the 2007 Fade In Magazine’s screenplay contest.
My screenplay Bronx Park East was a quarter finalist in the 15th Annual Writer’s Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition.
Full Throttle is my third screenplay.
I have published two novels and one pasta cookbook and still going.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite In Contract Pending by Al Marsiglia, readers are treated to a story set in the Bronx, with varied characters from colorful criminal types to Louie Fiore, a simple family man who fixes shoes for a living. When Louie’s son, Frankie, mixes with some of Louie’s former acquaintances, Louie cautions him about the fall-out that may come to pass. But young Frankie throws caution to the wind when he assists Jimmy, his Godfather, in collecting on past-due accounts. As things play out, Frankie’s cohort, Anthony, decides one fateful night to take the day’s collections to the track, losing all of Jimmy’s money. Before long, the safety of Frankie’s entire family, and all those he comes to care for, is on the line. But even in the darkest times and places, an unexpected hero can arise. This time, it comes in the form of Louie’s old colleague, Biff—although not before others pay a price for Frankie’s poor decisions. The setting for Contract Pending comes to life as Al Marsiglia revisits the places of his childhood. Add in a sprinkling of the dialect of those from Al Marsiglia’s old neighborhood, and the feeling is intensified. Although difficult to learn of Louie’s fate, I appreciated the family connections between Louie and his wife, and between Frankie and his brother. I found that Frankie was portrayed honestly as a simple youth who, bored with fixing shoes in his father’s shop, tried a more colorful enterprise. That said, it was refreshing to discover, in the end, that while many paid a price for Frankie’s decisions, he also did, via a trip to Rikers Island prison. There was an honesty in that fact that I quite appreciated.
When is an offer you just can’t refuse absolutely the last thing you should say YES to? Frankie finds out that even his own godfather will turn on him and those he holds dear when he least expects it and sends him into hiding after one life-changing word, YES. Get ready to see the underbelly of life, its villains and its heroes in Al Marsiglia’s Contract Pending. Frankie missed one easy collection assignment, and his ‘partner’ botched the job beyond belief when greed overcame him. Now Frankie is a marked man and hiding out in a small southern town, his father has been tortured until near death and time is running out to figure a way out of making amends for one simple mistake. When a local waitress and her daughter capture his heart, a vengeful ex rats him out and the mob is hot on his tail. Enter an unlikely ally, and it’s like the cavalry has arrived, but is it enough? Is it in time? Who will get caught in the crossfire? Walk on the dark of life as Al Marsiglia takes us on a journey that feels real, sounds real, and smells real, hope you like Italian! With crisp strokes, wonderful world building and the ability to create an atmosphere of tension and frenzy, Al Marsiglia does an amazing job of grabbing you by the throat and yanking you in to his tale. With characters that feel real and unlikely heroes that you have to love, Brooklyn accents and all, this is one great read with a great pace and no wasted words! Al Marsiglia made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I’m glad I said yes to reading Contract Pending, but MY yes didn’t backfire on me! What can I say, there must be a little 'wiseguy' in all of us.