The Bastard's Weapon
In this second novel in the Gloucester Trilogy, John Palermo battles his way through emotional and professional conflicts in this gripping tale by acclaimed author Joseph M. Orlando. Having lost his beloved wife, Connie, John struggles with life as a single father. His emotions are palpable as he wrestles with his devotion to his lost wife, duty to his children, and his burgeoning feelings for a new woman.
Professionally, John takes on the case of his nemesis, Captain Joe Amalfi, who is found floating in a life raft alone in the icy Atlantic when his fishing boat sinks with his crew still aboard. Amalfi's emotional turmoil after this event is one challenge, among many, to John's struggle to help the widows and children of the men on Amalfi's boat, many of whom were John's boyhood friends. As Amalfi's condition worsens, John seeks to unravel the mystery of what happened on the boat that terrible day, sparking a gripping courtroom battle filled with surprise twists and turns and an ending that John could never have predicted.
The Bastard's Weapon takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end, all set among the beautiful fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. It is a novel for any reader who is intrigued by the power of love, the fight of the righteous, and the true human drama played out each day in the courtrooms of America.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bastard's Weapon is the sequel to Orlando's 2004 novel The Fisherman's Son and is every bit as intriguing. This time John Palermo, the first-generation Italian American lawyer who is the protagonist of Orlando's novels, is faced with a painful dillemma. In order to obtain justice for the widow's and children of drowned Gloucester fishermen, he must prove his old enemy, Captain Joe Amalfi, is innocent of wrong doing as well. It is a painful choice and Palermo is well aware of the inequities in the law that have put him in this position. Additionally, he is struggling with the loss of his wife and the necessity of raising his children alone. Anyone who is familiar with the plight of the fishermen of Gloucester, Massachusetts can well appreciate the struggles Palermo faces. Author Orlando, himself a maritime attorney in the oldest fishing town in America, knows his subjects well. He writes colorfully of the culture of Italian-American families, especially fishing families, and his knowledge of the law and courtroom procedure make this a legal thriller to be savored. The Bastard's Weapon represents the second entry in Orlando's Gloucester Trilogy. These novels are not only delicious stories but also a chronicle of a people and a way of life that is passing much too quickly. As someone who lives in Gloucester and loves this town and its people, I deeply appreciate Orlando's skill and well-crafted portrait of this segment of American history. Anyone who appreciates family, fishing, legal battles or just a darn good read will enjoy The Bastard's Weapon.
mr orlandos book was an interesting change of pace from his first novel. the interplay between the principals family was warm and charming.it left the impression that this was how real life evolves and is a typical life in a tight ethnic family.the emotions were real and touching.the courtroom drama was very good with a surprising ending.