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The Strange Death of Father Candy: A Suspense Novel Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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".Read more ›
It was disappointing as I generally read all of Les Roberts' books.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read! I've read other Les Roberts books and this character is a excitingPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
New book by Les Roberts book. This book takes place in Youngstown, Ohio. Nicky comes back for brother funeral, trying to prove that Father Candy, his brother, did not commit... Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Nusbaum aka LotsaLocke
I lived in Youngstown during the mid-60's. The Strange Death of Father Candy is a fascinating trip down Memory Lane! Read morePublished 22 months ago by David Snively
Les Roberts' protagonist, Dominick Candiotti, is a cross between Jack Reacher and the NCIS characters. They are all tough and they always get their man. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Baby Boomer Dara
Les Roberts has a new character. No Mr. Nice Guy like Milan Jackovitch. Nick Candioti comes home to burned-out Youngstown to bury his brother and ups the body count in mob town as... Read morePublished 24 months ago by TAG
Interesting & original plot, well written gives a certain insight into Cleveland & the caracters are lively & intriguing. Had fun reading it.Published on April 23, 2014 by Frank
I liked the book I enjoy reading about the area in which I live. I just wish the rest of Les Roberts books were a available on my KindelPublished on March 19, 2014 by Yolanda Littten
As a big fan of this author's Milan Jakovich series I didn't think twice about picking up this stand-alone "thriller". Unfortunately after reading it, I wish I had. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by JoeV
Some sex highlights a bit powerful .....
Ordered this after meeting the author and learning that the story is about my hometown.
Worth reading for local interest content.