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Sugar Pop Moon: A Jersey Leo Novel Paperback – July 9, 2013
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“A delicious journey through the underworld of Prohibition and Depression America, by turns funny, poignant, and thrilling. A terrific read!”
—Kevin Baker, bestselling author of Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Strivers Row
“John Florio’s powerful use of historical detail slams you into the gritty world of 1930s bootleggers, where his hero, albino Jersey Leo, holds you down for the count. Harsh as a slug of 190-proof moonshine.”
—Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times–bestselling author of A City of Broken Glass
“Authentic period, savvy style, and memorable characters—particularly the albino protagonist, Jersey Leo—combined with a suspense tale well told adds up to a winning combination. Don’t miss it.”
—Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of City of Dragons and City of Secrets
“This is a hard-boiled, Prohibition-era novel and Jersey Leo is a well-developed, engaging character. The story moves fast, the violence is appropriate to the times, and there are laugh-out-loud moments amid the mayhem. Sure to appeal to fans of Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, and, more currently, Robert Fate’s edgy Baby Shark series.”
Top Customer Reviews
At times, it's clear that this is a freshman novel--there is a slight dependency on exposition, and neither of the two female characters are developed. But these minor issues pale in comparison to the amazing pacing, and the way Florio weaves the first-person, white-knuckle, action-packed prohibition-era adventure with the story of Snowball's father as a boxer who gets caught up in both racial inequity and mobster's avarice. Florio's senses of humor and the every-day-absurd shine through with a clarity that will leave you chuckling, entranced, and gripped.
It's rare that I read a book in a single sitting. This was one of them.
Seventh Street Books/Prometheus, Jul 9 2013, $15.95
In 1930 Manhattan, Jimmy McCullough hires Jersey "Snowball" Leo to work at his mob-owned speakeasy Pour House because no one forgets seeing an albino; except perhaps his mother who deserted him (and his dad) when he was a baby. Snowball buys top quality booze for the bar, but the booze proves to be fake Sugar Pop Moon.
Knowing he will be blamed by his violent employers, Snowball searches for the missing seller to get back the money; but fails to find him while struggling through misadventures in Philadelphia at the same time someone stalks him. Snowball concludes he needs help. He turns to his pop, a former boxing champ who never hides his scorn of his offspring especially for working at a mob establishment. Father and son pursue the moonshine distributer
This is an exciting coming of age Prohibition Era noir. The cast is very strong, but obviously this is Snowball's tale as he (and his father) tries to save his life while finding out revelations about himself and his family. Readers will enjoy this solid historical crime thriller and want a matured Snowball to return.
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This book is an easy read and keeps your interest at a high level. I especially liked the clear descriptions of the various characters.Published 21 months ago by Kenneth Stockley
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I look forward to more from this author!
This was a great story, full of suspense and funny too. Read more