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“Les Roberts' standalone mystery... is a volatile piece of bloody noir that is extremely fast paced and highly engaging....If you enjoy vigilante justice films and novels, then I highly recommend Les Roberts' The Strange Death of Father Candy....a good standalone mystery that will appeal to fans of noir.” ―Gumshoe

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Les Roberts won the initial PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition and is the author of the Milan Jacovich mystery series. He is a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature and the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. Roberts lives in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312566336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312566333
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not since this summer and reading Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes has a novel stayed with me the way The Strange Death of Father Candy seems to be. I didn't expect this novel to be so gripping. I expected it to be as formulaic as Roberts' Milan Jacovich novels have become. Certainly, we are reminded (somewhat too) constantly that the main character, Dominick Candiotti is a Viet Nam War Veteran, who in his assignment as a Black Op assasin, committed heinous crimes in the name of war and our country. But we are spared the restaurant tours, weather reports, city tours and fashion reviews of the Milans.

"Nick" Candiotti is not a nice person. There is nothing likeable about him. He grew up mean and tough on the dirty, poor streets of Youngstown, Ohio, mostly unaware of and when he grew up, accepting of his family's association with The Mob influence in that city. Then, he abandoned his family and friends, including the woman he says he loved, to move to Chicago to make a new life for himself. When his favorite brother, Richard, a priest, supposedly commits suicide, Nick returns to Youngstown to investigate his brother's death, and insinuates himself back into his family, his association with both ruling Mob Families in the city and into bed with his now-married lover whose sexual preferences have come to include firm roots in S & M. His sister, Teresa, delivers what is most probably the best speech in the book when she screams at him to return to Chicago, that he isn't wanted or welcome in Youngstown any longer and that the city would be no worse off if he weren't there. She exemplifies all of the women in the book. No female character in the book seems to have any redeeming qualities, even down to a hotel desk clerk who, mercifully, is not described as "adorable".
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Ok, big fan od Milan Jacovich, and have often wondered why Roberts is more widely read. (Maybe he is in Cleveland) Now I get THE STRANGE DEATH OF FATHER CANDY by Les Roberts, and maybe folks read this before trying Jacovich and stopped on Roberts. It is far from the Jacovich standard. The hero is Dominick Candiotti, Vietnam bad guy assassin, now a Chicago contractor. His brother Father Candy, commits suicide in his hometown, Youngstown, and Dominick wants to know why and how it could habben. We have a book full of terrible people, two mafia families, crooked cops and feds, crooked attorneys and DA's, nasty family members, just unlikeable characters. And Dominick is a downer too, quick with a comment but no humor at all. Then the descriptions of Youngstown, not flattering either. Just a thorough dissappointment . Two and a half stars.
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The story was slow to develop and slow moving throughout. I felt like I was in a therapy session with a Viet Nam vet who was experiencing post traumatic syndrome and had the need to write about it.
It was disappointing as I generally read all of Les Roberts' books.
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In 1985, everyone in Youngstown, Ohio is shocked when Father Richard Candiotti, fondly known as Father Candy, commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth. Young, attractive, healthy priests don't commit suicide. However, the townspeople, including the police department, are afraid of the mob and are willing to bury Father Candy and pretend as though it never happened. Everyone that is except his baby brother, Dominick Candiotti, a Vietnam veteran who was trained by Delta Force to torture and kill with impunity. Soon, Dominick wages a one-man war against the Italian mobsters responsible for Father Candy's strange death.

Les Roberts' standalone mystery, "The Strange Death of Father Candy," is a volatile piece of bloody noir that is extremely fast paced and highly engaging. Because of foul language, graphic sex scenes and acts of torture involving mutilation, it is definitely an adult mystery intended for mature audiences and those who are not faint of heart. The reader will be introduced to the "Youngstown Tune-up," which isn't normal maintenance you have done at Firestone. The mob's intended victim turns the key in his vehicle's ignition, which causes the dynamite beneath his seat to explode. The vehicle then becomes a funeral pyre.

The setting is a most interesting one. The year is 1985 and Youngstown, Ohio is under mob rule. Not one mob family, but two mob families, the Severinos and the Mangiones, and they despise and kill each other. Everyone lives in fear of them. Everyone, including the children, works for them performing illegal services. I felt as though I was watching an old Western film where all the townspeople live in terror of the one evil land baron who owns everything.
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I've been to Youngstown, many times. It's a dirty decaying place, its neighborhoods are unwholesome and the idea that the mob once ruled it are never far from mind. Having seen Youngstown as it is now, it's not much of a stretch to imagine something like what happened in "The Strange Death of Father Candy" taking place in the 1980's, 90's, or even now.

In Nick Candiotti, Les Roberts created a character that is in all of us to a certain extent. Perhaps we wouldn't actually kill people, but we're all wired in such a way to want to carry out various sorts of revenge. In this regard, Roberts brought forth a character that reminded me of a younger Matthew Scudder from the early Lawrence Block books. While Candiotti wasn't a "good guy", he did not only extract revenge, but justice as well. Is Candiotti headed to becoming a wet ops man for the FBI or some other governmental agency? Could be. I'd like to see more of him in future scripts.

Thus, I liked the book. It was a quick, easy read, as all the Roberts book are. I look forward to more from this creative writer.
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