Caution: The names have not been changed to protect the guilty
The Starlight Club was jumping. "They looked like mob guys. They had that arrogance exuded by those who liked to intimidate - those who were the proud purveyors of fear." Amidst the nightly gaiety was the back room, where business deals were made, hits were ordered, and territories were divided. Trenchie, not being a 'rat' is just released from his ten-year prison sentence. A new life is waiting - complete with envelopes of money and a steak house to call his own. He finds the woman of his dreams who brings along ex-husband baggage.
Hitman Jimmy 'The Hat' finds unexpected fame and fortune in Hollywood, yet always stays true to the 'boys,' especially Trenchie. His loyalty costs him his life. 'Crazy Joey Gallo' and his brothers break away from the Profaci family and go rogue on their own now. They split their gang into several small groups and spread them out over the five boroughs. "Harsh punishment awaits those who talk." The colt 45 caliber bullet did its deed, taking with it a sizable portion of Rag's brain, forming a pink mist, mixed with bone and grey matter that puffed in front of Rag's head like a small mushroom, deflating when it met the chilly evening air. The current would carry his body at least a mile away.
©2012 Joe Corso (P)2013 Joe Corso
This audiobook was a thoroughly enthralling, filled with amazing characters like Big Red, Trenchie and James Roman (at the time the latest movie idol).There’s even a guest appearance from George Raft!
I thought that Christopher Strong's voice complimented the time and mood of the book perfectly.
The essence of life in Queens is captured at a time of great unrest and warfare, where murder was not personal – it was just a job, which had to be done.
Set in present day. Robert ‘Bobby’ Valentine has asked his daughter to come to New York so he can tell her about his life...Sitting in an Italian Restaurant, which used to be The Starlight Club, he looks back over the years, and reminisces about life in Queens in the early 60’s and the people who lived there.As the story unfolds we find ourselves drawn into events at the club, we’re permitted through the power of the story to go back in time and take a glimpse into the hard world of the Mafia families.
The Starlight Club written by Joe Corso, and read by Christopher Strong is the first of four books released as an audio book through audible.com. The Starlight Club in the Borough of Queens in Corona, New York is a Club that in 1961 was a place where movie stars, politicians, and even some gangsters came to dine.
The story is told through the remembrance of 70 year old Robert Valentine, or Bobby as he was known. Just a young man with a wife, two kids and a daughter on the way that worked delivering meat to the neighborhood and sometimes drove a taxi for extra money.
Bobby was liked by the owner of the Starlight Club; Big Red and fellow patrons Trenchie, Jimmy the Hat, and others. Bobby would stop by after work and have a drink and listen to the stories and goings on at the club. The fond memories of Bobby's time spent with the rough men who would become his friends is shared with his daughter Lynn years after the Club is gone and has become a Hispanic Owned - Italian style - deli.
Bobby's story is an exciting and thrilling ride through the shifts of power in New York's Five Boroughs and is an easy listening, and attention grabbing audio book that will keep you listening and leave you wanting more.
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