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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyed the story
Cigar woman "Cigarwmn" (Florida) - 
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This review is from: The Starlight Club (Paperback)
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
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
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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  • File Size: 3489 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Wiseguy, Unlimited; 1 edition (August 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098L3LQW
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I grew up in Queens, New York. I'm a Korean Vet, FDNY Retired and 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 writing 26 books (so far) while garnering 17 awards.

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


1 AWARDED 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 BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 AWARDED FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.

AWARDED 'FINALIST' in the 2013 READER'S FAVORITE in the 'WESTERN' category.

Awarded 2nd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN category.

FIRE: BOX 598' (Short Story)
won BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the 'HISTORICAL NON FICTION' category.

1 'AWARDED GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
2 'COVER won DaVINCI FINALIST in the 2015 ERIC HOFFER book contest.
3 'Given a 5 STAR REVIEW by READER'S FAVORITE in May 2015
4 "2015 BEST COVER AWARD by and was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O'Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
5 Awarded 3rd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.

Was given a 5 STAR REVIEW by Readers Favorite.
Awarded FINALIST at the 2015 READER'S FAVORITE AWARD CEREMONY held in Miami.

Awarded SILVER in the 2015 eLit contest in the 'ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.

THE OLD MAN AND THE KING: Golden Earphones Award Winner
by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who's still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who's hiding out in Lom's favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom's adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king's fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom's girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Golden Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Behrens on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ralphsmac on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aldo Renato on March 26, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Retired Critic on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Newey on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewel on March 28, 2012
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Elderly Bobby Valentine has his daughter drive him back into the Spanish section of Queens. They park and eat lunch at a cafe which features Italian food and Bobby remembers when a long ago time this cafe was the Starlight Club where Mafia "made" Yip and Red were the owners and ran their illegal businesses out of back private rooms. Yip and Red take really good care of their loyal followers, rewarding Trenchie for his unjust ten years in prison with a restaurant of his own, even letting the young meat deliverer, Bobby Valentine, place discreet bets while they lent him money that he needed for his family. Colorful unforgettable characters pass through these pages like Jimmy the Hat, a handsome hitman who actually succeeds as a movie star. Violence is the norm with rival Mafia organizations like the Gallos and the Profacis looking to move in on Yip's territory. Those were the days.

"The Starlight Club" is an enjoyable, well-written and well-edited book that tells accurately how, decades ago, the Italian Mafia were kings, with connections in politics, police and even Hollywood. Character portrayal is first-rate and the reader will come to appreciate, if not love, Yip, Red, Trenchie, Joey Gallo and the many other "wise guys". Author Joe Corso has created a memorable look into a world long gone as the streets of our country now see not just the Mafia but gangs from countries all over the world. The Prologue and Epilogue with Bobby Valentine looking back on his life as a young man are effective in telling the story. Finally, the plot moves smoothly, if rather violently, to its conclusion making "The Starlight Club" a must read for mystery and Mafia history lovers everywhere.
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