The Consigliere, A Mafia Lawyer’s Quest to Choose Love Over Revenge, is a coming-of-age, family saga that digs deep into the psyche of a middle-aged man stunned with grief and regret.
Meet Declan Quinn, a mafia lawyer who believes his life is meaningless after the tragic drowning of his eight-year-old daughter. At a crossroad between misery and the longing for peace, he shuns his duties as the Consigliere and embarks on a search to find the sister he abandoned when he joined the mob thirty years ago. But first, he must confront his mafia Don and face the truth of his past.
With a page-turning narrative, The Consigliere, A Mafia Lawyer’s Quest to Choose Love Over Revenge, is a story filled with suspense and intrigue. It starts when Declan Quinn is an angry, vengeful teen, and then catches up with him three decades later as he questions every choice, every crossroad—especially, the one he stands in now.
Determined to reclaim his destiny and to find peace, Declan never expects his grandfather and son to assist him on this journey, but they become key figures when scheming against the mafia Don. At different stops, Declan reunites with friends he knew before joining the mob, beginning at the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. He treks through uncharted lands overseas to unveil a mystery hidden for twenty years. Declan uses the tools of love, forgiveness, and courage, as he tries to overcome life’s inevitable challenges and the past that haunts him—or hunts him down.
Can Declan Quinn overcome a pact made with his mob boss that keeps him bound and gagged, or will he wiggle free from it all and find the light he once possessed?
READERS’ FAVORITE REVIEWS: FIVE STARS
- Donna Masotto has crafted a story that is as inspiring as it is entertaining, starting with the protagonist’s colorful yet troubled childhood, with an abusive father who drank himself from one jail cell to the next. When his mother is murdered and his sister sent away, Declan has to forge his own path. The story is filled with emotion and the humanity of the characters comes out neatly through the narrative. The author allows the religious, albeit the spiritual, to intermingle with the mundane, exploring human nature from quite unique angles. The psychological dimension of the novel caught my attention from the very first page and I became keen on finding out what made Declan the man he grew up to be and the sudden, overwhelming desire to change his lifestyle. It’s a story of a man’s journey back to himself, but it is also a story of love that liberates from within. The Consigliere: A Mafia Lawyer’s Quest To Choose Love Over Revenge will appeal to readers who enjoy well-crafted crime novels. It is riveting and thoughtfully written.
- This is not just another mafia story—you know, the kind of stories that glamorize the mafia world and celebrate murder as if it's a rite of passage. No, Donna Masotto's The Consigliere is an eye-opener for everyone who has strayed far from love. When Declan's mother was murdered, he had to make a choice: either surrender to his anger and hatred and choose the path of revenge or allow his love for his sister to embrace him and move on to live a good life.
- The author's style of storytelling is really smooth and engaging. Declan's journey from keeping secrets to "removing the thorns with telling" is fascinating and enlightening. Honestly, I had not expected a book with a mafia background to be this gripping; however, that is what it turned out to be and much more!
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About the Author
Donna holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. She loves to research existential philosophy and the works of Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis, and Viktor Frankl. She is a substitute teacher for San Diego Unified School District and for SD Diocesan schools. When not driving the back roads in Italy to collect ceramics for her import furniture business, she enjoys the San Diego area with her husband, John, three kids, and two Jack Russell terriers, Benny and Topaz. Most often you will find Donna teaching her six grandchildren the fantastic game of tennis at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE: BRIDGEPORT, CA
CHAPTER ONE: THE LIE
CHAPTER TWO: AN EMPTY SEAT AT THE TABLE
CHAPTER THREE: TEN QUESTIONS
CHAPTER FOUR: PANDORAS BOX
CHAPTER FIVE: THORNS
CHAPTER SIX: THE WRESTLER
PART TWO: FORDHAM and the LOWER EAST SIDE
CHAPTER SEVEN: FULL CIRCLES
CHAPTER EIGHT: A THESIS DISCERNED
CHAPTER NINE: AISLING’S EPITAPH
CHAPTER TEN: A TIME FOR PRUNING
CHAPTER ELEVEN: DINNER AT NOON
CHAPTER TWELVE: ANCORA IMPARO
PART THREE: BROOKLYN
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: A VOICE ON THE TURNTABLE
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: LIPSTICK ON MY COLLAR
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: ILLUSIONS UNVEILED
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: A WHORE IN A BUSINESS SUIT
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: A ROUND OF DRAW POKER
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: THE LITTLE BROTHER
CHAPTER NINETEEN: ACCEDENTAL GANGSTERS
PART FOUR: IRELAND
CHAPTER TWENTY: A GENIE IN A BOTTLE
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: FRIED EGG SANDWICHES
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: A POETRY LESSON
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: A HOOLIGAN DRIVING CAP
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: CALL ME UNCLE DECLAN
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: BUTTER ON A DINNER ROLL
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: BLACK HOLES IN THE SKY
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: AISLING’S CODE
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT: CLARITY IN THE CHAOS
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: A SEAFARER ON THE CELTIC SEA
CHAPTER THIRTY: EPONA – THE CELTIC GODESS
CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: WHISPERS NEAR THE WELL
CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: A PRAYER OVER THE CLIFFS OF MOHAR
CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE: SOFIA’S TRUTH
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