In this riveting follow-up to Mafia Summer, Vinny Vesta's torrid affair with his co-pilot's widow brings him, unwittingly and unwillingly, back into the family business. The only question is whether he can escape it again, with his life. Black Widow is a gripping page-turner that brings to life the decadent bachelor-pad living of the Blue Angels, old-Hollywood grandeur, and the maneuverings of Genovese as he takes over the Luciano crime family and alters the face of the New York Mob.
PRAISE FOR MAFIA SUMMER:
"Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."--Kirkus Reviews
"With its pedigree, it just may be the perfect summer book."--New York Post, "Required Reading"
The shocking true crime story of child murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, Great Britain’s most horrific serial killers. During the early 1960s, just as Beatlemania was exploding throughout the United Kingdom, a pair of psychopathic British killers began preying on the very young, innocent, and helpless of Greater Manchester. Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and his lover and partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the abduction, rape, torture, and murder of five young victims, ranging in age from ten to seventeen years old. The English press dubbed the grisly series of homicides “the Moors Murders,” named for the desolate landscape where three of the corpses were eventually discovered. Based in part on the author’s face-to-face prison interviews with the killers, Fred Harrison’s fascinating and disturbing true crime masterwork digs deeply into Brady and Hindley’s personal histories to examine the factors that led to their mutual attraction and their evolution into the UK’s most notorious pair of human monsters. It was during these interviews that new details about the killers’ terrible crimes surfaced, compelling the police to reopen what was arguably the most shocking and sensational homicide case in the annuls of twentieth-century British crime. With a new introduction by the author, meticulously researched and compellingly written, Brady and Hindley is the definitive account of Britain’s most hated serial killers.
This novel of love and literature by the author of Concord “brings to vivid life a fascinating cast of characters” including the Shelleys and Lord Byron (Denise Giardina, author of Emily’s Ghost). In early nineteenth-century London, five-year-old Mary Godwin, daughter of a philosopher, plays with her sister, mourns her late mother, and marvels as a hot air balloon lands not far from the Thames. Nearby, in Sussex, eleven-year-old Percy Shelley entertains his three sisters by telling them stories and performing tricks with chemicals and fire. A dozen years later, Mary and Percy meet and fall in love in the Godwin bookshop near Black Friar’s Bridge. At first their romance seems doomed: Percy is a well-known atheist and already has a wife, and Mary is only seventeen, under the care of her father and his overbearing second wife. But they consider such impediments trivial and are soon on their way to Ireland, Switzerland, and across Europe (with Mary’s flighty half-sister, Claire, in tow). Upon reaching Lake Geneva they find lodgings near where the notorious poet Lord Byron and his peculiar personal physician, John Polidori, are staying—the same Lord Byron Claire seduced back in London—her reasoning being that if Mary can have a poet, why can’t she? And so begins the summer when Mary Shelley will start writing her novel about a man who brings to life a creature of his own making, Percy and Lord Byron will debate politics and poetry in the midst of lightning storms, Polidori will commence writing his novel about a man with a taste for human blood, and snow will fall in the middle of July. Praise for the writing of award-winning author Don Zancanella “Mr. Zancanella’s characters . . . are drawn with remarkable perception and control.” —The New York Times Book Review “A strong sense of place [and] a subdued sense of humor.” —Western American Literature “Clever and subtle . . . Polished.” —Publishers Weekly
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