Mafia Summer: A Novel

Mafia Summer: A Novel

by E. Duke Vincent

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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.
"Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather...Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."-Kirkus Reviews
"E. Duke Vincent hits the target dead center with this first novel set on the bloody streets of Hell's Kitchen. A mini-epic, complete with a full-scale crime war, Mafia Summer remains a detailed tale of friendship and of the best kind of loyalty. A masterful performance."-Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Paradise City
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596919273
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/13/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 361,158
File size: 711 KB

About the Author

E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960-61, and flew the F9F-8P Cougar from which the team was filmed for the NBC television series The Blue Angels, launching his interest in television. He went on to a successful career as a TV writer and producer. In 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling Television, where he is currently executive producer and vice chairman. His credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His newest series, Clubhouse, is currently on CBS (Tues 9pm). His TV movies include the Emmy Award-winning Day One and And the Band Played On.


Montecito, California

Date of Birth:

April 30, 1932

Place of Birth:

Jersey City, New Jersey


B.A., Seton Hall University, 1954

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Mafia Summer: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this genre and read just about any mafia books I can find. This is by FAR the worst of any I have read. So stereotypical that it becomes a characature of the Italian mafia in every way. It is so Hokie that at times it's embarrassing. I wouldn't even recommend this to people I don't like. My advice, stick with Mario Puzo and Lorenzo Carcaterra. This is junk.
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MikeLush78 More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a quick read and I didn't want to put the book down... That should say it all...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book only about hard and heartless boys and men. It's also about friendships. If you enjoy the mob, mixed in with obvious fiction, this will be an enjoyable book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll probably read it again.
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jewelz2232 More than 1 year ago
I just grab this book out of the blue never did I imagine i would get so sucked into it. From the time i opened it and started to read it I was unable to put it back down. Not to many books hold my attention the way this one did.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
E. Duke Vincent has written one of the top notch books of Mafia fiction! His accuracy of actual events blended in with fictional characters and the over all plot of the story flow like a river! It's a page turner that once you start, you'll be unable to stop reading, it grips you that strongly. Not many authors can pull off what Vincent has, so take a chance you will not regret it, this book is a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, that will keep you at the edge of you seat.Story has it all,mob power,revenge,loyalty,love,friendship and deadly consequences
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested from cover to cover. By mixing in fiction and factual characters Mr. Duke managed to write one of the most intriguing novels I have read in a long, long time. Similar stories may have been told before but Mr. Duke manged to tell it like no one else has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the books so far this year that was hard for me to put down. i didnt think that i would like it that much nor what to expect next---this is how outstanding it is. i couldnt wait to find out what was going to happen next. it also has some history in it about the mafia that one would find quite interesting ---you just have to know fact from fiction.