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The Starlight Club: Goodfellas, Mob Guys & Hitmen (Starlight Club Mystery Mob Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Corso , Sherry Thomas , Marina Shipova
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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CAUTION:


THE NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE GUILTY



The Starlight Club was jumping . . .

“They looked like mob guys. They had that arrogance exuded by those who liked to intimidate – those who were the proud purveyors of fear.” Amidst the nightly gaiety was the back room, where business deals were made, hits were ordered, and territories were divided.

Trenchie is just released from his ten year prison sentence. A new life is waiting – complete with envelopes of money and a steak house to call his own. He finds the woman of his dreams who brings along ex-husband baggage. Hit man Jimmy The Hat finds unexpected fame in the most unlikely of places, yet he always stays true to the “boys”, especially Big Red. “Crazy Joey Gallo” and his brothers break away from the Profaci family and go “rogue, on their own now. They split their gang into several small groups and spread them out over the five boroughs.”



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BY THE AUTHOR: THE STARLIGHT CLUB WAS AWARDED THE SILVER FOR THE 2012 ELIT BOOK CONTEST IN THE TRUE CRIME CATEGORY. IT ALSO RECEIVED A SILVER 5 STAR RATING FROM READER'S FAVORITE. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyed the story..., August 31, 2012
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Cigar woman "Cigarwmn" (Florida) - 
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Anyone that loved the godfather, will relate to this intense and sweet story.. The characters are so believable that I can't wait for Starlight ll....keep up the good work. Joe Corso



5.0 out of 5 stars
A must read, June 19, 2012
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AnnMc - This review is from: The Starlight Club (Paperback)
The way that Joe Corso starts the book by telling a story to his daughter captured my attention. I could not put down the book. It was so well written and descriptive that I felt like I was watching a great movie instead of reading a book. This book would make a great movie. I loved the characters , especially Trenchie .


5.0 out of 5 stars
a great book, April 15, 2012
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ralphsmac - Amazon Verified Purchase
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it was one of the best mob book i read. i was up middle of night with my kindle. this book should be made into amovies. joe corso six******. keep them coming


From the Author

I started this book by reliving memories of when I was a young man. Most of the characters in this book were real and I brought them into this book. For example. I knew of a man called Trenchie who had just been released from prison after having served 10 years. I never knew why he went to prison and I didn't ask. He was a big strong silent guy who hardly ever spoke and he was married to a real fine lady - and I always wondered about that. I liked his name and I used it in the book only I brought him from Manhattan to Queens. I knew and liked Big Red. He was a small time bookmaker who operated out of a little restaurant near the piers in lower Manhattan. I brought him to Queens and made him the centerpiece of the book. I met Jimmy the Hat once. He was a member of the Gallo gang. I liked his name so I used it in the book. The first few chapters were based on the truth. There was a Starlight Club in Queens but it was a social Club. The Starlight Club was modeled after a neighborhood bar I frequented. I described it just the way it was only it didn't have the glamour of the books Starlight Club. 
I thought that since this was a mob book I would lose the gals, but to my surprise they're the biggest buyers of the book.
The Starlight Club was meant to be a stand alone book and a sequel was never intended. But family and friends said that the characters were too good to be cast aside . . . so I wrote a sequel that I thought came out pretty good. 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book April 15, 2012
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it was one of the best mob book i read. i was up middle of night with my kindle. this book should be made into amovies. joe corso six******. keep them coming
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a well told story.. March 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
Mr. Corso captures what was really "the life" of many of these people, many of whom were killed or incacerated. Those that are still here, probably won't find out about this book, and are too old to do anything about it. I read this book and was drawn back to the old neighborhood, it's characters and the landscape of those days. Mr. Corso writes with a level of authenticity that makes it totally clear he probably knew his subjects and their stories. Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Way of Life Written in Blood June 28, 2014
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An elderly Bobby Valentine returns to the Starlight Club with his daughter in the present in a prologue to this excellent saga.

Trenchie gets out of prison and returns to his roots in the Queens and the Italian mafia way of life. Things have changed in the past ten years. He saves a girl from a beating and befriends her. Other interesting characters accumulate, Jimmy the Hat, Big Red, and Yip along with other Italians with names sounding like real gangsters. Murders and revenge killings abound. Jimmy the Hat goes to Hollywood and gets signed for a major movie.

Red moves up the ranks, replacing Yip, who is murdered by another family. A gang war ensues, and is settled. All the while, the unique ethics of these mobsters entice you to like them.

One of the characters becomes a hero. You must read this riveting book to find out whom.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Mafia Stories July 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember Queens NY, 1961? November 4, 2012
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The Starlight Club tells the story of a group of middle level Mafia bosses and henchmen, in and around the club of the book's title, in Queens, New York, during 1961/62. Although the central characters and story are fictional, the story is set in the context of an actual war between the large Mafia families of the era, and these events sometimes impinge on the story, and some real life characters occasionally stroll across the stage. In general the author has researched the historical context quite well. This all gives the story a very realistic flavor and is quite fascinating , and makes the reader want to look deeper into the context. At the same time, however, it puts a lie to the author's disclaimer (inside cover) that "All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." The Gallo brothers, Joseph Profaci and Carlo Gambino - these are real life characters, and the story benefits greatly from their presence. Among the fictional characters, the main protagonists are: Big Red, the proprietor of the club; Trenchie, a hitman just out of prison; and Jimmy the Hat, who, in the course of the story becomes a Hollywood star.

The 1961/62 story is framed within a brief Prologue and Epilogue, in which a minor player, Bobby Valentine, now an old man, relates events to his daughter during the present day. Bobby is only a very minor character in the main story. This is a good idea, but would have worked better if there were a few more reminders throughout the story of Bobby's occasional participation in these events. As it is, Bobby does not appear to have been a witness to most of the events he is (apparently) relating, and this may bother the reader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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US Army Korean Veteran, retired Fire Department of New York Firefighter, author Joe Corso has lived the life about which he so successfully writes. No, not he emphasis on mafia and gangs as a participant, but entrenched in that soil he describes so well. He grew up in Queens, New York and after retiring moved to his current home in Florida where beginning at age 75 he has written some 15 books and 9 short stories with many more on the way. He writes westerns (THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID + sequels), fire stories (ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES), time travel (TIME PORTAL series), baseball (THE COMEACK), fictional historical blended with crime novels (LAFITTES' TREASURE) and more. But THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the 2012 eLit True Crime category, and an honorable mention in the 2013 reader's favorite book contest, and though there are at least five sequels, this is Book 1 where all the hullabaloo started.

Corso's story starts in the present when Bobby Valentine brings his daughter Lynn from Florida to Corona, Queens, NY in the dead of winter, stopping by a restaurant that Bobby describes to his daughter as The Starlight Club of the past. And so Joe Corso provides an entry to Queens 1961 - the time of the height of the infamous Starlight Club and we are off and running in a non -stop action gang drama that is written just about as good a it gets! So much happens so fast in this pinnacle gang crime novel that borrowing a synopsis from the author's website seems fitting to get the reader `s attention. `The Starlight Club was jumping . . ."They looked like mob guys. They had that arrogance exuded by those who liked to intimidate - those who were the proud purveyors of fear." Amidst the nightly gaiety was the back room, where business deals were made, hits were ordered, and territories were divided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW A TRULY AMAZING BOOK KEEPING YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM...
This was my entry level book to the vast amount of book's Joe has written. The Starlight Club kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read
In Queens, they had a way of life, unwritten rules, and sworn oaths to support, defend and follow. They knew the penalties for breaking rules of the Costra Nostra, and it wasn't... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Joyce Metzger
1.0 out of 5 stars Not true crime
Why, pray tell, is Amazon listing this book series as True Crime?? It is so obviously fiction and ridiculous.
Published 13 days ago by Linda. Cirina
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much
I enjoyed this book very much. It shows a human side to the mob while keeping the reality of the "Life" on track.
Published 13 days ago by E. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly touching.
An enjoyable, fast easy read. At once, a story of friendships and love, interspersed, with the quirky violence, that we have come to expect, when reading of the infamous, brutal... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gary D Nelson
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Wasn't my cup of tea!
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Published 1 month ago by Cherie H. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book also starlight club
2 book today trying to find next one. number 2 this writer is very good. makes you feel like you are back in the good old days as the saying goes. enjoy I did.
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Published 1 month ago by ampen - techmatte
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not in the great class
This is an entertaining story but the writing is clearly not great literary fiction. In fact it's a bit amateurish. Read more
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I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my publishing 16 books and 9 short stories, including my popular 'ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES' trilogy. LAFITTE'S TREASURE and THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5: REVENGE are the latest books to have been published. The Time Portal 6: The Philadelphia Experiment will be published before the end of the year.

Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.


AWARDS

The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 Won the SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the 'TRUE CRIME' category'.
2 Won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader's Favorite 'HISTORICAL FICTION' category'.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 Awarded the Gold Seal in 2014 as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST.
5 Won FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY
6 Won the BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.

THE LONE JACK KID won 'FINALIST' in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the 'WESTERN' category.

My short story 'FIRE: BOX 598' won the BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the 'HISTORICAL NON FICTION category'.


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