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A zany cast of characters drives this lighthearted Mob story set in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Beach. Jack Schiavone, who lost his job and ended up in jail protecting a girlfriend, moves to Brooklyn and opens a mattress store. He gets involved with the Mob when one of the Donato family’s enforcers comes by to collect protection money. Business has fallen off for the Donatos—the economy hurts mobsters, too—and now the Russian Mafia is trying to move into the Donatos’ neighborhood. But the family has a plan: hire a hit man, albeit a cut-rate version who doubles as chiropractor, to solve their problems. Meanwhile, Jack has fallen for Donato’s daughter, a legal-aid attorney, and together they try to convince the don to get out of the rackets and go legitimate. There is not a lot of action until the end; instead, the story is propelled via anecdotes about the family in all its glorious insanity. There hasn’t been a Mob crew this funny since Jimmy Breslin’s The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. Fans of Tim Dorsey will embrace these strange bedfellows. --Stacy Alesi
Bob Garfield is a columnist, broadcast personality, and author. He is co-host of On the Media, a Peabody Award–winning weekly news magazine produced by WNYC and distributed by NPR. He is also co-host of the insanely popular Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, a weekly conversation about language. An inveterate journalist, he is a columnist for both MediaPost and the Guardian and the author of three previous nonfiction books. Another book, yet untitled, will be published in January 2013 by Penguin Portfolio. Garfield has also written for such diverse publications as the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. He lives in suburban Washington, D.C., with his film-producer wife, Milena Trobozic Garfield, and youngest daughter. He can barely locate Brooklyn on a map.
So cool...and different. A mafia comedy, believe it or not. Or actually a comedy of errors by almost all the characters in this story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judith Rapisarda
Very funny book, excellent cast of characters. Highly entertaining all in all a GREAT book.Published 3 months ago by PJNYC
I thought this was a delightful story that happened to fit my reading mood at the time. Humor mixed nicely with mild violence in an up-to-date setting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Burcham
I am not a fan of the mafia story genre, but found this one very enjoyable. The characters were intentionally predicable, in a very funny way, and I enjoyed the twist ending.Published 4 months ago by Minned
The writing is a little too clever. Trying to sound like a Jersey gumba; doesn't quite work. Actually at times it was annoying. The story is good and interesting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by EQ Man
The book started a little slow. He kept trotting out one unbelievable character after another and I started to wonder when was something going to happen. And then it did. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bob Troy
Garland spins a humorous story, fun characters and plot. Found myself chuckling at times at some of the scenes and dialogue.Published 5 months ago by dcslb
My first, but not my last Bob Garfield book! Full of puns, innuendo and tongue in cheek humor; what an unexpectedly entertaining book!Published 11 months ago by kandjrey
Sopranos meet the keystone goombas. A very funny and entertaining read. The plot does not develop until well into the book after a lot of character development. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Vivian