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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN9PJDQ
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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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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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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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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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I don't read this sort of fiction normally, but wanted to give it a shot for the Noir accent.

Nick, protagonist and reporter, is a gritty, hooch-swilling, dame-chasing regular guy with a sharp wit and tongue to match. When he's approached to write the script for a champion boxer, he's got his work cut out for him. Something or some things just don't add up. Locations shift, characters throw hard punches and the writing lopes with an almost lyrical rhythm. The ending was tied up nice and tight--bonus for the overall brevity of the work.

A fun, quick read, even if boxing/sports aren't your cup of tea.
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This is an incredible read that took me on a journey in boxing history during a different era. Nick Moretti, is the kind of guy I would want to hang out with. Not only is he a well developed main character, he is cool, smart and good at what he does. Venutolo does an amazing job putting the story together and he has a superb knowledge of the lingo that was used back in the 1950's. I laughed a lot from some of the expressions used by all the characters. This is a must read for any sports fan or for someone wanting a glimpse into the boxing underworld of the 1950's. A fast-paced thrill ride.
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One of my favorite books of all time is Budd Schulberg's 'The Harder They Fall'. Front Page Palooka is a story that tells a similar tale of a reporter's view of the darker side of the sweet science. The author paints a convincing portrait of the boxing game in the 1950s that doesn't just mimic Schulberg's books or the world we see in film noir dramas. This book is strong enough to stand on its own and give the reader more than they might bargain for. Another winning entry in the Fight Card series.
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This novella was a lot of fun to read. A solid tale of corruption in the prize-fighting game, brought to life with period details, one-liners and slang, boxing lore, historical cameos. Anthony Venutolo gives it to us through the eyes of a whiskey-soaked newspaper man chasing a dream of his own and does so admirably. Here's hoping he returns for an encore.
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