By E. Duke Vincent
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596913899, 304pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The sensuality of Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential meets the swagger of Top Gun in this riveting sequel to Mafia Summer, again based on true events from the author’s life.The extraordinary life of Vinny Vesta continues in this sexy, suspenseful follow-up to the unforgettable Mafia Summer, which New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins called “one of the best books on the Mafia I have ever read.” Late summer, 1957, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville. Seven years have passed since the events of Mafia Summer and Vesta, a dashing navy pilot in Fighter quadron 176, is living the bachelor life at an antebellum mansion he calls “The Snake Ranch.” But when a torrid affair with his copilot’s widow—the Hepburnesque Caitlin (Kat) Pennington—pulls him away from his beloved all-night revels, it pulls him, as well, back into the family business. Kat’s father is the lawyer for the entire L.A. Mob syndicate, and he’d rather see his aspiring starlet daughter perched on the arm of Hollywood legend Victor Marino than holed up with some fighter pilot deep in the Florida bayou. Machinations to undo their relationship grow to involve the L.A., New York, and even Chicago Mobs. A gripping page-turner, Black Widow is at its heart a passionate and unlikely love story and an indelible portrait of an era.
E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a navy pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960–61. In 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling Television, where he served as executive producer and vice chairman. Vincent’s credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His TV movies include the Emmy Award–winning Day One and And the Band Played On.
“Vincent doesn’t seem interested in imitating earlier Mafia stories. This one finds it own little niche in the Mob genre.”—Booklist
“Breathless… Entertaining… Loaded with B-movie appeal… In this...adventure, Vincent brings back hero Vinny Vesta, but this time he's gotten his tough-guy protagonist out of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and into the Navy.”—KirkusPraise for Mafia Summer: “With its pedigree, it just may be the perfect summer book.”—New York Post, “Required Reading” “Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather…Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth.”—Kirkus Reviews