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Inherit the Mob Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
A journalist must serve a stint in the mafia to collect his inheritance in this outrageous, comic send-up of mafia genre novels.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Gordon (Velvel, as he's affectionately called), a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist is left to inherit the family business when his Uncle Max dies. His best friend from foreign reporting days, John Flanagan, is thrilled to attend the funeral and reception, much like an autograph hound outside Grauman's Chinese Theater, and considers it one big game when they take on delicate maneuverings with his late Uncle Max's "business" partner, Luigi Spadafore.
Thanks to Carlos Sesti, Spadafore's consigliere, and Flanagan's anything-but-subtle way of doing things, Mercury might as well be retrograde, because communication and assumptions go from bad to worse, engendering all sorts of episodes and triggering the necessity of action most dire. Enter a cast of characters from Gordon's father's earlier gangster days - an eccentric hit gang of Jewish seniors - and an outrageous plan is born that left me laughing on almost every page.
There are a few other characters that add to the story - Spadafore's sons, Gordon's so-he-thinks fiance (who has her own issues), Flanagan's childhood friend and his father, Gordon's father's girlfriend - every character so well developed and consistent that together, there are amusing sub plots which both add to and support the main one. The beginning of the book, while definitely not boring, seems sort of normal relative to the full scope, and as good as it is from page one, it doesn't even hint at how good it gets.