Fans of Mafia stories will have a free-for-all with "The Starlight Club" by Joe Corso: plenty of capos, consiglieris, and made men; bruisers and tough guys willing to rescue maidens in distress; cosa nostra family feuds…. It's all here, unwound in excruciating detail. While providing important insight into the complicated relationships among the key characters, the backstory unfortunately yanks the action to a near-standstill, and long explanations by characters keep the novel from being the fast-paced, tightly plotted book it might otherwise be. Ignore if you can the haphazard paragraphing and misspellings (most noticeable: the plural of "Gallo" is spelled "Gallo's") and grant this new writer some slack when it comes to giving us more "tell" than "show" and a scattered point of view. If you can do that, the wayward adventures of Trenchie, Crazy Joe, Jimmy The Hat, Big Red, Johnny Eight Fingers and others -- cold hearted killers for whom murder was "just business" but women were treated like "ladies" -- make for an entertaining enough tromp through gang wars of the early 1960s.