From Library Journal
When Sonny Magro is thrown from the roof of Sammy "One-Eye's" building in Little Italy, only the mentally impaired Vito Santero is a witness. Unfortunately, he tells his friend Joey Dee, the protagonist of this novel, and Father Gambino what he saw. Because of this knowledge, Joey Dee gets involved with crime boss Nicky Mole. Eventually he extricates himself and Vito from Mole's clutches. The author grew up in Little Italy and presumably knows her subject, but this novel reads more like a film synopsis. Joey's mother smothers him, his father calls him a bum, and he hangs out on the street with his friends all day. At one point, Nicky Mole says, "Leave me alone . . . I gotta think." Perhaps this is the way it really is--even so, we've seen enough depictions of the same terrain, and this novel doesn't add anything new.-Janet Boyarin Blundell, MLS, Brookdale Community Coll . , Lincroft, N . J.
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