Lowdown

Lowdown

by Anthony Schneider

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ISBN-13: 9781579625238
Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co
Publication date: 01/31/2019
Sales rank: 166,528
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

ANTHONY SCHNEIDER has been published in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, and Details. Born in South Africa and educated in the United States, he divides his time between London and New York.

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Lowdown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
toReadistoEscape 17 days ago
I was excited to read this book due to the reviews. However, it did not meet my expectations. All of the side characters made it confusing and a chore to keep up with. I had a hard time staying interested in finishing the book. I received this galley from NetGalley.
Ratbruce 4 months ago
Interesting inside look at mafia crime family, traced through an illicit romance that survives decades of separation and countless obstacles.
Dedee1 4 months ago
Very interesting detailed inside look at mob life and life in prison with a long term love story included. It holds your interest but you have to pay attention to each person's details to determine if they are speaking of the past or in the present. I have never been a great fan of the 'Godfather ' but it held my interest. Fair amount of profanity and sex scenes but not to excess or overly detailed. Slight hint of benefits of redemption,forgiveness and going straight, but they don't quite get there. If you like mob stories then this book is for you! I read this book as a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.Thank you for allowing me to read this book.
Dedee1 4 months ago
Very interesting detailed inside look at mob life and life in prison with a long term love story included. It holds your interest but you have to pay attention to each person's details to determine if they are speaking of the past or in the present. I have never been a great fan of the 'Godfather ' but it held my interest. Fair amount of profanity and sex scenes but not to excess or overly detailed. Slight hint of benefits of redemption,forgiveness and going straight, but they don't quite get there. If you like mob stories then this book is for you! I read this book as a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.Thank you for allowing me to read this book.
lhill82125 4 months ago
This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I really liked it just the same. I was expecting more of a thriller and what I got was more of a mafia Godfather like story with a love story in the mix. It is very, very well written and anyone that reads it is going to enjoy it. I have never read a book by Anthony Schneider but I am sure I will read another one of his books!
Texgal54 9 months ago
A crime novel that is a story of the Mafia and characters who are a part of that life. Jimmy wanders in out of greed and being attracted to that life. He takes the fall for a crime and spends the next 25 years in prison for it. When he is released he has a lot of trouble trying to understand and adapt to this world that he has reentered. I liked this story. His life intersects with the wife of a mob boss who he had been in love with as young people. Milena wanted out of her poor and strictly traditional family she was looking for wealth and excitement and participated in a crime as well as a marriage. Jimmy and Milena meet up again and a love story begins. The back and forth in time sometimes doesn't work but Schneider is a master at it. This is a crime and slow-paced thriller for the most part. But, more importantly, it is about forgiveness, love and the search for redemption. All in all, a story that will hold your attention. Many thanks to NetGalley for the Arc.
GGGeiss 9 months ago
This fast paced novel was an enjoyable read. The main characters, albeit criminals, endeared themselves to me. Counterintuitive to my rational mind, who knows right from wrong, why was I rooting for the miscreants? The story spans 25 years and threads the lives of predominately two people with sheer narrative power. Well written with an inside look into organized crime families. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher Permanent Press, for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
Angela Houston 9 months ago
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Permanent Press for the opportunity to read Lowdown by Anthony Schneider, recently published this November. I always love the chance to read books that’s settings and characters are new for me. In this case, I got nice and cozy with the Brooklyn mob. A dynamic story that reaches across thirty years and two continents, I found this book interesting, gritty, sexy, and authentic. Jimmy Piccini is a part of the infamous Ruggiero family in Brooklyn in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Climbing his way up the ranks of the family, Jimmy is capable, intelligent, and reserved. He’s not afraid to complete the jobs he’s assigned, but he’s smart enough to do them in a way that utilizes the least amount of violence. In the mafia, a wrong move meant war. Discord amidst and between the five families was a recipe for not only a breakdown in the organization, but also for the wrong kind of attention from the federal government and men such as Rudy Giuliani, US attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1983-1989. At a time when RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) cases are becoming more common and are crippling the mafia’s constructs, Jimmy has to be more careful than ever, working to legitimize the dirty money coming in to the family. Milena Cossutta grows up in an Italian family, and she eventually marries into the family when she weds Vinnie DeNunzio at nineteen years old. For a few years, Milena lives her best life, partying and getting high and socializing with other members of the family. For what Vinnie lacks in big-picture scheming and tact, Milena is there to take up the slack. Never taking credit for her ideas, Milena secretly revels in several of the family's successes. Milena and Jimmy become acquainted at a party, and they form an immediate attachment. He’s a part of the family, but he’s smart and he speaks kindly to her. As Vinnie’s temperament devolves, she finds herself looking to Jimmy for comfort and friendship, until a rainy night in 1985 when it becomes clear that there is more between them. As the years pass, Jimmy and Milena remain close, often hypothetically discussing what it might be like to have a life together outside of Brooklyn. But Milena and Jimmy don’t have the chance to explore any reality of a future together. Jimmy orchestrates the hit on the head of another family, but a rat within the families exposes the hit to federal intervention and recompense, along with all its conspirators. Jimmy finds himself separated from Milena, their romance cut short by prison, secrecy, and an entire continent, as Milena and Vinnie are forced to flee to Sicily to escape the long reach of RICO, while also avoiding the imposing task forces of the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia. Will Jimmy and Milena ever be reunited again? Will he ever have his revenge on the man who cut their time short? When he finally is free, what will be left remaining of his prior life? What a thrilling novel! Suspenseful, gritty, romantic. It's a Brooklyn transformed into the time of the mobster. It's secret meetings at Casa Altobelli. It's a chaotic yet organized time of assassini, consiglieri, blow, and booze. It's made men on the run from Uncle Sam. Schneider has captured the attitude and essence of the Brooklyn mob during a time of change. The beautiful love story between Jimmy and Milena is an intertwining of their separate lives and the moments they are together.
Edi McNinch 9 months ago
Very interesting detailed inside look at mob life and life in prison with a long term love story included. It holds your interest but you have to pay attention to each person's details to determine if they are speaking of the past or in the present. I have never been a great fan of the 'Godfather ' but it held my interest. Fair amount of profanity and sex scenes but not to excess or overly detailed. Slight hint of benefits of redemption,forgiveness and going straight, but they don't quite get there. If you like mob stories then this book is for you! I read this book as a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.Thank you for allowing me to read this book.
Rhonda-Runner1 9 months ago
I enjoyed this classic crime/mafia story centered around the Brooklyn mob with Jimmy Paccini falling in love with Milena Cossutta who happens to be married to Vinnie DeNunzio. Their love affair spans 30 years and 2 continents. The story begins with Jimmy's release from prison after 25 years for ordering the murder of a rival mob member. The story alternates between going back to the beginning of his mob career and now as he tries to adjust to life on the outside. I would not call this book a thriller but it is more of a romantic mystery in my opinion. There were some places where it was rather tedious reading; however, it is an overall good read. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this very interesting book.