Life is good for Louie Morelli. He's rich, happily married, and having a fling with the blonde in his office. Louie's even convinced himself that he's just another South Florida entrepreneur. Then he discovers that his son, Tony, is being blackmailed by a couple of enterprising escorts and their nefarious associates. A meeting with a Russian mob boss is supposed to put an end to Tony's troubles, but Louie's inquiries set off a chain reaction, beginning with the brutal murder of a call girl. The next day Louie's best friend, Victor DeAngelis, is gunned down on the Fort Lauderdale strip. While Victor fights for his life, Louie tracks his would-be assassin, exposing himself and his family to a ruthless killer. After dodging bullets on his own driveway, Louie is determined to retaliate. But before he can act, the FBI steps in. And, suddenly, life is so not good for Louie.
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Old-school charm mixed with smarts and savvy describes Louie Morelli to a tee. Only a man such as him can have many dalliances while married to a wonderful woman such as Angie. Living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida also has its perks too. The author incorporates so many tales within tales that I was always kept on my toes. I was immersed in the daily drama and action of Louie Morelli’s underground world. An unlikely partnership is that between Louie and his receptionist, Emily Myers. Louie is a ladies man, and Emily doesn’t approve. She is a married conservative woman with certain morals. And Louie always has extracurricular activities, to say the least. However, they both have an understanding of each other that is the epitome of respect. Emily is one of the few people who have earned Louie’s trust. On the surface, they are complete opposites, but in reality they hold the same values. Yet it is Victor DeAngelis who became my favorite character because he is loyal to a fault. Victor goes above and beyond for Louie despite the danger. He is a true friend to a man who may or may not deserve it. But what is also true is that Louie never gives up on family. And Victor is family to him. This is what family is all about. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The Prince of Mafia Princes follows the story of Louie Morelli, a mob boss who has managed to build himself a stable life at the top of the food chain. He runs his own businesses and has built a legitimate life, but still runs his seedier businesses and has all the trappings of a typical mob boss- mistresses, hidden money and children, and enemies. One of his sons gets in over his head with his own dirty dealings, and soon things start to fall apart for Louie, and Louie has to figure out how to deal with the violence and uncertainty that follows. I thought that Bellomo does a really great job of creating a strong and wily mob boss, making his life and personality all seem both a little scary and yet charismatic. Bellomo builds the story well, keeping you guessing at the extent of the problem Louie and his family are in, and manages to create a strong group of characters (the mobster and his family and friends) that you end up invested in their outcome. I really enjoyed the story, and read it pretty quickly. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.