Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582345000, 352pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2005
August 1950: A brutal mob takeover is about to set Hell's Kitchen on fire.
Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher are an unlikely pair of friends. One is a tough Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, and the other is a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door. But after they meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950, a friendship takes off.
When Gee-gee Petrone, a ruthless and brilliant mobster, puts into motion a plan to knock out the other mob bosses and to make himself capo di tutti capos, Vinny finds himself caught in the crossfire. Now Vinny has to put to use everything he's recently learned to survive-and, with the help of his gang of up-and-coming young mobsters, the Icemen, to get his revenge on Petrone.
Based on actual events, Mafia Summer brilliantly fictionalizes the pivotal moment in Mafia history when Vito Genovese attempted to undo Frank Costello and become the leader of the Luciano family. At the heart of this classic tale of the Mob, replete with plot twists, violence, and suspense, is the story of an unforgettable friendship and an indelible portrait of an era.
"It just may be the perfect summer book."
"Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather…Sweet, affectionate, and bloody."
"One of the best books on the mafia I have ever read. Right up there with The Godfather."
"E. Duke Vincent hits the target dead center with this first novel…A masterful performance."
-Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Paradise City