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Front Page Palooka: A Nick Moretti Mystery Kindle Edition

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By day, Anthony Venutolo is an online editor and digital strategist at The Star-Ledger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Northern New Jersey. By night, he dabbles in flash fiction, short stories and poetry. On the features and news front, the award-winning journalist has freelanced for such magazines as Bikini, Details, Chance, Men's Health and Playboy Online. He also wrote a column for the gambling magazines Casino Player and Strictly Slots. Online, his flash fiction and poems have appeared at Zygote in My Coffee, Red Fez, Deuce Coupe, Gutter Eloquence, Shoots and Vines and Six Sentences. "Front Page Palooka" is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 1133 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fight Card Books (October 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN9PJDQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Anthony Venutolo, writing under the genre-appropriate pen name of, "Jack Tunney", has written a compelling fight card. The term, "fight card", gives boxing enthusiasts the expectation that the card will have a warmup, or preliminary match, some exciting matches leading up to the main event, and then the main event itself. This is how I approached the reading of this book, and I was not disappointed.

Preliminary: (Quote) " "Hey, you used to write about the fights, right?" All of a sudden he was my best friend. Like I needed more of those. "Man alive, you were really good with those predictions," he went on. "Made me lots of cashola. Next one is on me." I didn't wanna ruin his night and tell him they weren't exactly predictions, but who was I to burst his bubble?" (end of quote)

I was hooked. I knew we had a witty, sarcastic reporter, Nick (the protagonist), who had a past history of doing bad things (fixing fights). The question formed in my mind, "Will Nick begin and end this book as someone I would hate to have as a friend, or as someone who finds his way into doing something decent, maybe even heroic? Is this character flat or dynamic?

So, with this basic premise, I began to read, and became fascinated by the story Author Anthony Venutolo was telling. Like it or not, this is the fight game, and yes, common sense will tell you that it can't be as corrupt as it reads in this book. Nonetheless, I can not quite give boxing a full acquittal, a definite not-guilty verdict. I reserve judgement on that question. However, if you have your mind up, that's fine also, since this is your book. You have the right to make up your mind about corruption in boxing, especially after reading this book.

Anyway, I found the story overall to be a page turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Isler, "Godmother" on November 20, 2013
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Fight Card: Front Page Palooka was the most fun I had, reading a book, in a while. Anthony Venutolo is writing under the pen name Jack Tunney. His character, Nick Moretti, has to be one of my favorite characters. This book takes place in the early fifties, when it was okay to call a woman a dame and men wore Fedoras, drank whiskey from a silver flask, and smoked cigarettes inside the buildings. I must have been born in the wrong era, because, I did not want to finish this book.

I loved the whole behind-the-scenes of the boxing world, the description of Las Vegas in the 50's, the way the people talked, and dressed. It was perfect. Anthony did a great job keeping the slang and atmosphere authentic. I have loved Mickey Spillane all my life and I am so happy that I have found an author that can take me back to that time.

Grab this book and have a great time. I cannot wait to look for other books by this guy. Honestly, I wish I could have given more stars to show my enthusiasm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Olliffe-Webster on November 8, 2013
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When I was a kid I used to sneak into my father's collection of Travis McGee novels, written by John D. MacDonald. God, how I loved those books. Front Page Palooka reminds me of 'ol Trav. Maybe it's the hardboiled, noir attitudes, where men like to fight and women are dames, maybe it's just good, old-fashioned manly writing. The author has done all his research, in both the newspaper and the fight deparments, and main character Nick Moretti is well-rounded and sexy, the kind of reporter any dame would fall for. Gotta tell ya – I fell for this book and recommend it to any guy .... or any dame.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2013
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Fight Card: Front Page Palooka by Anthony Venutolo is a pot boiler in the style of old school writers like Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, or Raymond Chandler. Venutolo is so accomplished in this style of writing that the reader has difficulty separating this new book from the real thing. For me, that is not a bad thing. I'm the kind of guy who cannot tell a good fake of the Mona Lisa from the real thing. And, if it is that good of a fake, what's the difference anyway?

The reader will find a cast of iconic characters from yesterday. In addition, the author has researched the period well and intersperses actual events to lend the tome credibility. Its a quick read and a good one. I would recommend it to a general audience of readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose De Poto on May 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
Venutolo embraces the noir. No, really embraces it. With gusto. If you're gona do it, do it right. That could be protagnist Nick Moretti's motto as well.

Venutolo has crafted a memorable character in Moretti, a Jersey reporter who covered the fight game in the mid-1950s. But Moretti wants to move on as his world is stumbling under the weight of booze and a dead-end job. He's lured by the Hollywood siren to write a screenplay about the current heavyweight champ of the world, nicknamed "Rattlesnake" for the deadly striking power of his left. Fittingly, the heart of the story takes place in Las Vegas, the epicenter of artificiality and sleeze, especially in those days.

Venutolo keeps the story line moving with its twists, his knowledge of boxing and of Vegas. Not everything may be accurate, but Venutolo keeps it compelling. The ending feels rushed, but the rapid succession of surprises and exposed secrets brings the 15-round bout (the chapters are titled "rounds") to an unexpected conclusion.
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