Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781596911130, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2006
"It just may be the perfect summer book."--"New York"" Post"
One a Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, the other a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door, Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950. Their friendship develops over the course of a summer that will change Vinny's fortunes forever, at a cost he could never have imagined. Based on a true story, "Mafia Summer "brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in Mafia history and in the lives of the teenagers caught up by the Mob.
"Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather…Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."--Kirkus Reviews
"One of the best books on the mafia I have ever read. Right up there with The Godfather."--New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins