Mafia Summer (Paperback)

By E. Duke Vincent

Bloomsbury USA, 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.

Praise For Mafia Summer

"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