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All good comedy is based in reality. Joe Bruno has taken real situations from "the old neighborhood," which happens to be New York's Little Italy, and stretched them into laugh-producing fiction. If you've grown up in a neighborhood like Little Italy of any ethnic group, you'll feel like your back home and will laugh your ass off.  If you're not, you'll just laugh your ass off and look for another Joe Bruno novel. --Sonny Girard - Author

Fuhgeddabout guys like Hamill and Breslin, there is no more genuine a guide to the sights and sounds of New York's recent past than Joe Bruno. --David Bellel - Knickerbocker Village Blog

"Find Big Fat Fanny Fast" by Joe Bruno is hilarious, well written, and a time machine-like journey into the unforgettable world of Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. --Mathew J Mari - New York Criminal Attorney

I'm a sucker for spoofs and satire, so I found this book enjoyable. It was laugh-out-loud funny in many parts (such as the names and pronunciation of the Chinese mafia characters - priceless!) and kept me reading. --Goodreads.com Mary Vernon

From the Author

Writing "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!" was a roller-coaster ride, reliving my experiences of the past 50 years. I'd estimate 50% of the scenes in the novel actually happened to either me, my family or my friends (except the murders of course). All the characters are composites of people that have actually been part of my life. To reduce the possibility of a sudden "accident,"  names have been changed to protect the author.

In  my last novel "Angel of Death," no character was based on any person I actually knew. Every character was invented by my fertile imagination. That was drudgery; not the joy ride I experienced penning "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!"

I have enough additional personal experiences to write a sequel to "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast - The Biggest Mafia Killer Ever!" Which ones will I use?

I won't know until I start the process. But don't worry.

The names will be changed again to protect the author.

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid.

Product Details

  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Knickerbocker Publishing Company; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00477438M
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Joe Bruno, a former New York City sports writer, is the author of 40 true crime books, two crime novels, and two screenplays.

*****

Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, says, "Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word 'alleged.'

"That's why Joe Bruno's insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he's talking about because he's lived through it.

"Joe Bruno's mob books are 'A composite of characters and events, which weaves the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of New York City, as well as in other parts of the country.'"

*****

Joe Bruno's five-part series "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps," finished runner-up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category "Nonfiction."

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This was a very funny informative look back of life in the lower east side of Manhattan. It covers the a time period of when the Italian mobsters controlled the area to the rise of the Chinese gangs and the struggles between the two groups. Some of the events in the book had to come from real life experiences (as they say you can't make up some of this stuff) but I assume the names were changed to protect the innocent or guilty.

Many parts of the book were laugh out loud funny. While I never lived in the area my father owned a bar in the area and I could visualize the streets and events through the book. If you lived on the lower east side this is a must must read book. If you didn't it is still a great read.
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This is a must read book for anybody who grew up or near Little Italy!!!! I read it on my Kindle and couldn't put it down. I laughed so hard,I had tears streaming down my face. Looking forward to the continuing saga of Fanny and Tony!!!!
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By Sadie Forsythe on February 28, 2014
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I'm not sure exactly what I just read. I suppose it was a satire of some sort. And I suppose as a spoof it was pretty funny. But I have to admit it left me scratching my head a bit. For example, though there is a character called Big Fat Fanny Faneli, she isn't by any means a main character. She shows up in chapter one, then the book jumps back tree generations and the next 45% of the book is dedicated to history. Fanny shows up again in the latter 1/3 of the book, but is still on the sidelines. So, other than sounding snazzy, why is she the title character?

I'm not just being snippy here. It's a legitimate question. I'm not entirely sure I was able to pick out the point of the events that occurred, i.e. the plot. I'm not claiming it didn't have one. It did. But just like the title of the book is focused on an insignificant character, the events leading up to the culmination of the novel seemed less than focused. Amusing, worth reading, but scattered and a little too far reaching.

Again, I do have to admit the book is funny. There is a lot of irony in it and anyone who enjoys mob stories would recognise the themes here, purposefully exaggerated as they may be. So for a fun, fast read it's worth picking up...as long as you aren't easily offended. I don't think there is a group or race that isn't insulted here. At least it is equally spread, so at no point does it feel as if any one grouping is being targeting for racist commentary, but there is no shortage of it.

Lastly, it had a perfectly good ending in place. It had wrapped up nicely and everything. Then it had to ruin it by going and tagging on a cliffhanger for book two. Grr. Still, the few hours it took me to read the book weren't wasted.
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By Dakikle on January 27, 2012
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Fanny and B what a pair, funny and interesting all at the same time. I am hoping a sequel will carry on the story. What a great read for free. Thanks Joe
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Find Big Fat Fanny Fast brought back memories for me, the laughs as well as the fears from living in that same neighborhood. The fears from knowing if any of the thugs from those mean streets even thought you crossed them, they could kick your ass and leave you for dead. And to them it would be as routine as a salami & provolone sandwich. But mainly he caused me to recall the laughs - - every day bought a new adventure personally or a story about an adventure or close shave one of your pals had. Hell, even the Chinatown pool hall we frequented was like a Broadway stage production, with some mishap or other transpiring daily. Joey B captured the neighborhood moments and amplified them, just like a pro. He weaved together those brief experiences and encounters we lived through and made a tapestry. Great read! I felt it was a five star but gave it four stars to encourage Joey B to do more.
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Fuhgeddabout guys like Hamill and Breslin. There is no more genuine guide to the sights and sounds of New York's recent past than Joe Bruno. Joe may have also had the best of Breslin in a South Street bar encounter, but let's just say it's a rumor in order to protect the innocent as well as guilty. That credo also applies to the stories in this riotous novel, situated mostly in the rough and tumble world of the lower east side's fourth and sixth wards. With characters like Sally Boy, Richie Ratface, Big Bobby Braggadocio or Boots Latoure you'll find yourself amazed at the situations that the main character Tony B gets himself in and out of. Borrowing from Howard Cosell, Joe "tells it like was" from an era when men were men, women were broads and political correctness was left at the hangout's door.
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By Rocco_C on December 24, 2010
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As an avid reader, I was very intrigued to pick up this book written about the area I was born in with my parents and brother. Knowing Joe personally I was very eager to read the book. From start to finish its a very hard book to put down and would stay up late into the night trying to get as much reading in as possible.
This book has everything, violence, humor, mafia, romance and a twist at the end that will get you to nod your head in pride.
Anybody looking for a good read who wants to know about the 4th and 6th wards of the city-pick up this book now.
Way to go Joe. Keep writing and I'll keep reading.
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