To twelve-year-old Nunzio Paradiso, each new wreck towed into Paradise Salvage is a random opportunity for discovery. Sometimes it's a handful of loose change under the upholstery or an old copy of Vue magazine with a Bettie Page centerfold, but on a hot summer day in 1979, in the trunk of an abandoned Pontiac Bonneville, Nunzio uncovers a secret that will change his life.
A story of innocence lost and justice found, of ambition frustrated and dreams realized, and the difference between generations of a family struggling to reconcile the traditions of the past with the demands of the present, Paradise Salvage glows with heart and marks the debut of a gifted storyteller.
Author Biography: Prior to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, John Fusco left high school to work variously as a factory machinist, sawmill hand, motorcycle seat upholsterer, and traveling blues musician. He has written the screenplays for several major motion pictures, including Thunderheart, Young Guns, and most recently, the animated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Film rights to Paradise Salvage have been sold to Universal Pictures.
|Product dimensions:||6.39(w) x 9.41(h) x 1.33(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
John Fusco is a software developer for GE Healthcare who specializes in Linux applications and device drivers. He has worked on Unix software for more than ten years and has been developing applications for Linux since kernel version 2.0. He has written articles for Embedded Systems Programming and Linux Journal.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great window in to the little Italy characters I remember from my childhood. I was impressed by the background and the mixture of characters. It is NOT a shoot-em up amd if thats what yor looking for you will be disappointed, but it is a warm and well written story with great sympathy for the people in it. Well worth the time!!
Hollywood screenwriter John Fusco (Young Guns, Thunderheart) has tossed his plot in the suspense writer's ring with 'Paradise Salvage,' an Italian peopled let's find out who-dun-it. Regrettably, his debut novel lacks the edgy excitement of his film work as his narrative labors through a blizzard of minutia and slow on the trigger dialogue. Twelve-year-old Nunzio Paradisco is spending the summer working in the junkyard owned by his dad, Big Dan. This job has some small rewards as Nunzio often finds loose change, magazines, and other items of interest in the abandoned vehicles. He never expected to find a corpse in the trunk of a `73 Pontiac. As even worse luck would have it, the Pontiac is crushed before Nunzio can bring his father and brother to see his grisly discovery. Neither believe him when the boy attempts to describe what has happened. Eventually, evidence is found convincing his brother that Nunzio told the truth. Now, the boy can enlist the aid of his brother and a cousin to help solve the mystery. There are few clues for the trio to trace, and little zip to keep the reader turning pages.