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Front Page Palooka: A Nick Moretti Mystery by [Venutolo, Anthony]
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About the Author

By day, Anthony Venutolo is an online editor and digital strategist at The Star-Ledger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Northern New Jersey. By night, he dabbles in flash fiction, short stories and poetry. On the features and news front, the award-winning journalist has freelanced for such magazines as Bikini, Details, Chance, Men's Health and Playboy Online. He also wrote a column for the gambling magazines Casino Player and Strictly Slots. Online, his flash fiction and poems have appeared at Zygote in My Coffee, Red Fez, Deuce Coupe, Gutter Eloquence, Shoots and Vines and Six Sentences. "Front Page Palooka" is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 1133 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fight Card Books (October 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN9PJDQ
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Fight Card: Front Page Palooka was the most fun I had, reading a book, in a while. Anthony Venutolo is writing under the pen name Jack Tunney. His character, Nick Moretti, has to be one of my favorite characters. This book takes place in the early fifties, when it was okay to call a woman a dame and men wore Fedoras, drank whiskey from a silver flask, and smoked cigarettes inside the buildings. I must have been born in the wrong era, because, I did not want to finish this book.

I loved the whole behind-the-scenes of the boxing world, the description of Las Vegas in the 50's, the way the people talked, and dressed. It was perfect. Anthony did a great job keeping the slang and atmosphere authentic. I have loved Mickey Spillane all my life and I am so happy that I have found an author that can take me back to that time.

Grab this book and have a great time. I cannot wait to look for other books by this guy. Honestly, I wish I could have given more stars to show my enthusiasm.
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I don't read this sort of fiction normally, but wanted to give it a shot for the Noir accent.

Nick, protagonist and reporter, is a gritty, hooch-swilling, dame-chasing regular guy with a sharp wit and tongue to match. When he's approached to write the script for a champion boxer, he's got his work cut out for him. Something or some things just don't add up. Locations shift, characters throw hard punches and the writing lopes with an almost lyrical rhythm. The ending was tied up nice and tight--bonus for the overall brevity of the work.

A fun, quick read, even if boxing/sports aren't your cup of tea.
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This is an incredible read that took me on a journey in boxing history during a different era. Nick Moretti, is the kind of guy I would want to hang out with. Not only is he a well developed main character, he is cool, smart and good at what he does. Venutolo does an amazing job putting the story together and he has a superb knowledge of the lingo that was used back in the 1950's. I laughed a lot from some of the expressions used by all the characters. This is a must read for any sports fan or for someone wanting a glimpse into the boxing underworld of the 1950's. A fast-paced thrill ride.
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This novella was a lot of fun to read. A solid tale of corruption in the prize-fighting game, brought to life with period details, one-liners and slang, boxing lore, historical cameos. Anthony Venutolo gives it to us through the eyes of a whiskey-soaked newspaper man chasing a dream of his own and does so admirably. Here's hoping he returns for an encore.
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Jack Tunney (penned by Anthony Venutolo) opens this book with the line, “My mood was raw enough to make a blonde cry.” From there, he plows ahead into the 1950s fight game, dropping one-liners and slang like Johnny Appleseed.

The main character is newsman Nick Moretti, former fight journalist, who catches a tip on a fix in the fifth round with long odds. So, of course, Nick decides to cash in. He teams up with an old flame and a pigeon and bets a bundle.

Big mistake.

Saying any more would only ruin the story for you. It’s a story that twists and turns in ways you won’t expect. It’s a story that is full of the atmosphere of the underworld of the 1950s, which in itself is an interesting contrast with the Happy Days image many people have of that era. Most of all, it is a story that drips with the edgy character and engrossing voice of Nick Moretti. As I read, I was transported to his world.

This book would make a great film, a retro-noir, shot in black and white and directed by Darren Aronofsky or someone of similar sensibilities. And Venutolo should write his own script, because he’s got a way with words.
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This is not generally my genre and I almost didn't pick it up. I'm not a 'fight' fan but once I read the first few pages the scene was set, I watched the characters develop and moved along with them easily. As a reader and writer, in general I focus on characters and the author drew them almost as caricatures, giving it the tone of a comic book without giving it all away up front. This old style pulp has been lacking for awhile and needs to be revived. This is not just another old rerun of the old stuff. Venutulo has a style that adds more interest and helps to visualize the story. I loved it and will read the rest of the series. And there are NO vampires in it! I am so sick of vampire stories. Aren't "people" stories interesting enough? This one was!
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Boxing is favorite sport of mine and you can't write about sports without a serious gonzo style, and a swagger that compels me a guy with a short attention span to finish. I found this to be refreshing and would love to see this on television. crimes shows are the rage and crime shows where men were men and the ladies were dames. this is a guilty pleasure and I cannot wait to read more
there are some some surprises which I don't want to give away but I will say this this is a great book.

where others write with kid gloves Jack Tunney writes with a pair of comfortable pair of golden gloves that shined throughout the story. you will not regret this story. you'll thank your lucky stars.
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