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My Ride With Gus [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Carillo , Tony Carillo
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Book Description

First published in 1996

New Year's Eve, 1995. Rising young architect Jimmy Gambar is on top of the world, ready to pop the question to the girl of his dreams at a fancy restaurant. Ten minutes later he snaps and storms out, leaving behind the girlfriend, her ridiculous gift of a hot pink necktie and the precise way of life he's known for so long.
Later that night, big trouble - a sleazy downtown bar, a shady lady with a switchblade in his SoHo loft, an accidental fall against a metal lamp. Now Jimmy has a dead woman's body lying on his rug, and only one person to turn to - a man he hasn't seen in twenty years.
His big brother Gus ("The Ghost") Gambuzza.

"What started out as a wild ride to get rid of a corpse ends up as a touching and believable story of family love and survival, a testament to Carillo's storytelling abilities."
- Publishers Weekly

"What a lovely book this is...a long night filled with happenings that should seem improbable but don't because Carillo's reality is so inviting...a tender tale, albeit knowing and funny too."
- New York Daily News

"Reminisent of the movie 'After Hours,' this nightmarish picaresque novel mixes elements of slapstick, the surreal, and the absurd, all delivered in rambunctious, wildly profane Brooklynese."
- Booklist

"Oddly heartwarming"
-London Gentleman's Quarterly

"A classic New York gangster story, replete with world-weary hoods, fruity dialogue and witty one-liners...the observations of Brooklyn life and the redemption of Jimmy's soul are warm and almost profound."
-London Daily Telegraph

"An inspired marriage of the pciaresque narrative and the road movie in which Gus, worldly wise and world weary, and Jimmy, his paranoid straight man, move through a series of hilarious near-disasters."
- Newport News Daily Press

"Carillo sustains his deliberately improbably narrative with elan, piling up the jokes in the best comic-thriller tradition."
-The Times of London

" 'My Ride With Gus' is a funny, touching, ultimately exhilarating trip with people who will stay with you long after the trip ends. It's a novel about the mob, about love, about family, one that could only come together in the hands of someone who knows how to tell a story, and knows New York City just as well."
- Mike Lupica

"...continuing suspense and snappy, wisecracking dialogue."
-The London Independent

"My Ride With Gus is at times hilarious, and at others it is a moving account of just what family and life and society is all about."
- The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C.

" 'My Ride With Gus' is outrageously funny, with Brooklynese molding the scnee...zany characters, bizarre predicaments, hilarious subplots and downright scary situations."
-The Post and Courier

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nothing is what it seems in this tight, funny and refreshing 1990s take on A Christmas Carol. The Scrooge here is architect Jimmy Gambar, favored by both a successful career and the love of a beautiful woman. But after Jimmy's egomania sparks a lovers' quarrel on New Year's Eve, and a potential one-night stand drops dead in his apartment, he encounters his very own ghost of days gone by: his big brother Gus "The Ghost" Gambuzza, a reputed gangster. In an odyssey that takes him from Soho through Brooklyn, Jimmy confronts the past he's been avoiding for most of his adult life. Carillo neatly balances the quirky and sometimes hilarious events of the long night with artfully arranged flashbacks. Through conversations, memories and Jimmy's subtly portrayed point of view, the members of the Gambuzza family grow and become more complex, as does Jimmy himself. What started out as a wild ride to get rid of a corpse ends up as a touching and believable story of family love and survival, a testament to Carillo's storytelling abilities.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

When Jimmy Gambar, Brooklyn punk turned yuppie architect, breaks up with his girlfriend on New Year's Eve, abandoning a choice table at Windows on the World, he winds up in a downtown bar with a switchblade-packing whore who, in turn, winds up dead on the floor of Jimmy's Soho loft--an accident, yes, but dead all the same. Jimmy has no choice but to call his brother, Gus "The Ghost" Gambuzzo. So begins a long night's journey into day for the Gambuzzo brothers, who relive their misspent youths and sort through a closetful of unresolved emotions, all the while trying to figure out what to do with the stiff in the trunk. Reminiscent of the movie After Hours, this nightmarish picaresque novel mixes elements of slapstick, the surreal, and the absurd, all delivered in rambunctious, wildly profane Brooklynese. If the result leans a bit heavily on blue-collar sentimentality, Carillo generates more than enough wacky energy to keep most readers from caring. Bill Ott

Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OT3UFY
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second time that I've read Charlie Carillo's My Ride With Gus. The first time was in the late 1990s when a friend asked me if I wasn't originally from Brooklyn, and when I replied that I was, he handed me this same book in paperback and said, "Then you'll appreciate this."

I remember this as I stayed up most of the night reading it, and was glad to find it here as a Kindle edition, where I could enjoy it a second time.

Right there in the first chapter we meet our hero Jimmy Gambar, a New York success story, a man of 38 who's about to be made partner in an important architectural firm. He's sitting there at a table, waiting, thinking about all the things that he liked about his adventurous girlfriend of two years, of how she had had gotten him involved in things that he would have never consider doing on his own. He contemplates their adventures together camping, white-water rafting, motorcycle riding, skydiving and such. Picture this:

"Yes, Jimmy told himself; yes. He was seated alone at a table in the Windows on the World restaurant on New Year's Eve, awaiting the arrival of his girlfriend, Wendy Orgel. Far below, the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge twinkled like the strands of a magical necklace. It was a crystal-clear night, the perfect occasion to ask the woman you loved for her hand in marriage."

The Windows on the World was the restaurant at the top of the ill-fated World Trade Center, but this was before the 9/11 attacks, and it was the perfect setting for such a romantic New Year's Eve date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gread Read September 30, 2012
By Tina B
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In the novel, My Ride With Gus, by Charlie Carillo, the center theme of this novel is the love of family. Jimmy Gambar, the main character is in a dilemma and the only person he can think of to help him is his brother Gus, whom he hasn't been in contact with for many years. The story captures the bond between brothers, the trust of family, and the undeniable fact that no matter what happens in your life, your family will always be there for you. Thank you, Charlie Carillo for making me one of your biggest fans. Your knack for storytelling is amazing and this is one of those stories that will not only make you laugh, but will also make you want to read more stories by this author!! So when are they going to make a movie based on this story?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection February 27, 2012
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This is one of those rare stories that keeps you smiling all the way through. I love Charlie Carillo and will read anything he writes. Encore. please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brothers reconnecting with a strange twist September 1, 2012
By carol
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i found this book to be funny yet serious stuff. A death that's an accident and a coverup that was down right weird but yet funny. A connection with brothers( one in the mob,) that did not like each other much but had a bond to help one in trouble.Definitely recommend it for anyone who doesn't take the topic too serious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done, indeed! March 31, 2014
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This was a compelling story. Seems to be rather an exciting ride, but yet it is more of a slow revealing of the the characters. The characters are very nicely developed. The best novels let you experience someone else's thoughts, if for but a small part of their journey through life. This novel satisfies this desire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Ride With Gus Review September 26, 2012
By John L
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I found the book to be extremely enjoyable; the author has a good sense of humor and timing with unexpected twists in the plot and heroic traits in his characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun riding with Gus June 22, 2012
By Dr Ed
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This story is a fun read of a very imaginative adventure. Every page has unexpected turns with with each becoming more bizarre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read June 22, 2012
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It was an easy read, I really enjoyed the story line. It's a book about family, that regardless of what happens in the end your family is who you can really depend on to get you through the roughest of times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aaaay, it's all good...
Ok, so maybe that last star is a little arbitrary, but as Publishers Weekly says in the blurb on the cover "... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Darrell Ostapek
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book!
Loved this book, and am now going to go look for other books by Charlie Carillo to read.
Published 3 months ago by PattiS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, funny and thought provoking, couldn't put it down. Love this author.
Published 5 months ago by Marian Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Carillo is great by me
Any book by Mr. Carillo is great by me. He brings me back to my childhood in New York City because he is NYC personified. He doesn't pull any punches. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars A broken engagement. A dead pick-up. A New ...
A broken engagement. A dead pick-up. A New Year's Eve. Your brother can fix it. This is a very long night that reveals what family is about Our brothers are so unlike and so... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan Johnson
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Published 10 months ago by CHRISTOPHER S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny, heartwarming
I really enjoyed this story, and the humor was very refreshing. I even found myself laughing out loud. The author does need to research skydiving, however. Read more
Published 10 months ago by muffiemae
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun!
Published 11 months ago by Sheila Swartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this book!
I absolutely loved this book! Unexpected twists and turns. ..i never knew what was coming next! Great characters and a story that made me never want to stop reading until I got to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Deborah Steed
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Although I love a good mystery, this book just didn't do it for me. I don't enjoy reading four-letter words.
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