The Nappers

The Nappers

by Nick Rondi

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“The Nappers is a saga about an East Harlem, New York, gangster who comes up with a lucrative, if dangerous idea of kidnapping his fellow gangsters. It is also the story about the collapse of the mob, which turns out to have been caused more by Urban Renewal than the FBI. And there is also enough of a love story stirred into the plot to make a great movie.—Can’t wait.”

—Nick Pileggi—
Author of “Wiseguy” and the screenplay “Goodfellas”
“The book is written in a language which captures your imagination
in a way that makes you feel like you’re part of the moment. I couldn’t
wait to turn the page. I hope someone asks me to be in the movie...”
—Bo Dietl—
Retired NYPD Homicide Detective, author of “One Tough Cop”
and Business Lunchatations.
Nick Rondi the author of The Nappers was born and raised in East Harlem in New York City. This story is composed not only of his recollection of what transpired in the neighborhood in the years 1949 to 1968, but also of events to which he bore witness. His knowledge of “The Life”—the people living it, the honor and dishonor of being part of it—compelled him to write this book. At its heart The Nappers is also the story of the destruction of a neighborhood that was once the largest Italian enclave in the United States.
Although Joey Rendino the protagonist is a gangster who kidnaps other mobsters—thus the title—he is also a man in love. Narrated by his watchful younger brother, this tale of star-crossed love as well as tragedies both personal and political will leave readers wondering which side of a fine line to walk with characters whose actions are both violent and tender.
The Nappers can be read as a passionate story between two conflicted longtime lovers, or one of love between two brothers. It’s also a tale about inexplicable acts that caused much confusion in a close-knit community and left many unanswered questions. And last but not least it’s a love letter to a neighborhood that was dismantled piece by piece in the name of urban renewal.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149980543
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 699 KB

About the Author

Nick Rondi was born and raised in East Harlem, New York, once the largest Italian enclave in the United States.

Nick was a union sheet metal worker in New York City and supplemented his income as a professional singer. Nick had the privilege of working on the original World Trade Center. Unfortunately, while working there, he was injured and lost the sight in one of his eyes.
Currently retired, he enjoys spending his time writing song lyrics and cooking traditional Italian dishes. He also takes pleasure in boating which provides an excellent atmosphere to reflect about the many ideas he writes about.

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The Nappers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Captivating and interesting storyline! Well written.I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have read in a long time. An absolute must read!