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Front Page Palooka: A Nick Moretti Mystery Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hollywood, boxing, shady fight trainers and a sexy public relations woman mix beautifully in this well-crafted noir story in the Fight Card series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen R. Campbell
In Front Page Palooka, Anthony Venutolo serves up a stirring noir tale worthy of the best of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lawrence Parlier
Boxing is favorite sport of mine and you can't write about sports without a serious gonzo style, and a swagger that compels me a guy with a short attention span to finish. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jack Tunney (penned by Anthony Venutolo) opens this book with the line, “My mood was raw enough to make a blonde cry. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Frank S. Scalise
This is not generally my genre and I almost didn't pick it up. I'm not a 'fight' fan but once I read the first few pages the scene was set, I watched the characters develop and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Susan Cross
I was unable to finish this book. It is written in the 1940's tough guy style of Phillip Marlowe. But it is analogies on steroids, not very funny and eventually tiresome.Published on February 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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