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Sunburn

By: Laurence Shames
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
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Listeners across the country have fallen in love with Laurence Shames’ rollicking national best-sellers set in South Florida. Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue. When aging Mafia godfather Vincente Delgatto flies to Key West to get a little sun, he decides to write his memoirs. When word of the book hits the street, everyone is in danger, even the octogenarian former enforcer Bert the Shirt and his cranky chihuahua.

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Loved it!

Perfect follow up to Florida Straits! I’ll definitely be on to the next one, Mangroves Squeeze I believe...

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Warm, wise, witty: Shames's glorious world.

Laurence Shames and Richard Ferrone are once again a wonderful team. Key West is again the setting. The story centers on Vincente Delgado, the aging capo di tutti capi, and his family. His bastard son Joey Goldman, his full-blood son Gino Delgado, his retired consigliere Bert the Shirt, and more: This world is created and sustained throughout a sustained comic but serious tale of aging, family ties, romance, danger and surprise. Shames is one of the funniest authors in my experience, and one of the few who can create a full-length novel which is a perfect mix of suspense, humor, love for his characters and with no phony deus ex machina artifices. The FBI is involved, but only in a peripheral way. The godfather decides to write a book in his waning years, and he recruits a Key West newspaperman, Artie Magnus, to ghost-write. Gino brings a bimbo, Debbie, down to the keys with him, and everything Gino touches turns to dreck. Everyone gets involved in the dangerous cleanup. The wisdom of the Godfather and of Bert the Shirt are touching and painful: two Sicilian guys who had no real choice but to follow in the path of their fathers and grandfathers. Richard Ferrone once again is spectacular. All of his voicings are consistent with who we think these people might be. I can't think of anything in this book that I would cut out, or anything I would add. This is very satisfying and very moving reading. The characters are full, sad, ambitious, romantic and altogether American, once you think of it. Their heritage is Sicilian. The Mafia is fading, but not gone yet. Thank goodness Mr. Shames used his gifts for such wonderful work.

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