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Slip & Fall

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Faced with a struggling practice, a pregnant wife, and a sister in trouble, Robert Principe realizes the white-collar world isn't as easy as he thought. He needs money. Fast.

Desperate, he approaches his wiseguy cousin Jackie with an insurance scheme--a way for the Mob to collect from guys who owe but can't pay, and a chance for Robert to use his law degree to make a few qu
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by State Street Press (first published June 2007)
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Dec 19, 2010 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, mafia, read_2011
Grittier than Grisham – Robert Principe is a struggling lawyer failing to make ends meet either at home or at his private firm of which he’s the sole lawyer. Jackie, his mobbed up cousin is able to provide a way out, question is – does ethics trump family? Answer – no. Principe is thrown into a world he tried so hard to stay out of involving unethical practice, beat downs and mob deals and the severing of family ties. I enjoyed ‘Slip & Fall’, the writing was precise and I couldn’t help but f ...more
Jun 26, 2012 S.D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Robert Principe is an attorney in New Jersey. All of his life he has had an uphill battle fighting the belief that anyone with a vowel at the end of his name must be in the mafia. His cousin, Jackie, enjoys living up to the rumor as the enforcer for Big Louie, affectionately known as BLT. Robert is the first in his family to make it “big” and tries hard to fight for the little guy. But cases are few and hard between and with a pregnant wife, bills piling up, and a pregnant sister who has been de ...more
Feb 10, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
I have never heard of this author before but bought it immediately when I read that he was not only the executive producer of "Prison Break" but had also written for "The Sopranos" and "Law & Order." It is his first book and it was an extremely quick read. I hope he writes another fiction piece soon. The book revolves around Robert Principe, the pride of his Italian family, who started his own law practice and is working to promote his family name from the blue collar working class. His conv ...more
Tony Laplume
Jun 14, 2015 Tony Laplume rated it really liked it
If your reaction to Goodfellas is anything like mine, it's that it would be a really great film if everyone featured in it weren't uniformly scuzzballs, including the lead character portrayed by Ray Liotta. The good news for people like that is that Slip & Fall exists. Right away I started hearing Liotta's voice in my head while reading it. And there's a full Joe Pesci character in there as well. The difference between Goodfellas and Slip & Fall is that in the latter, the lead character ...more
Stacy  Alesi
Robert Principe is the first lawyer in his working class Italian family. He is an idealist, a man of ethics and principles, and is slowly starving to death. He's three months behind on his mortgage, pays his secretary sporadically, and his wife is pregnant. Desperate, he turns to his cousin Jackie, a Brooklyn mobster. Robert proposes an insurance scam, and Jackie is in - and so's his boss; there's nothing the mob likes more than easy money. Robert gets in way over his head and the pages fly by a ...more
Jean Scholle
Oct 06, 2012 Jean Scholle rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mafia, violence, law
This was an easy read. A young attorney faced with a struggling practice, behind on his mortgage, a pregnant wife and a pregnant sister abandoned by her boyfriend. He was desperate and came up with a plan to fraud insurance companies with his mobbed up cousin Jackie. He got in too deep and couldn't get out. This book shows how a desperate yet honest man can get caught up in something he can't handle & get himself or his family killed.
Dec 13, 2012 Sean rated it it was ok
Santora is supposedly a talented television writer however in his first attempt as a novelist I feel he fell somewhat short of his mission. Slip & Fall is too incredibly predictable and amateurish to be liked. The ridiculous stereotypes bring the book down another notch. There's a way to do Maffia-related content without a Saturday Night Live level of cultural respectability but isn't here at all. Not what I had hoped for after all the Borders hype. Overall, a very subpar offering.
Oct 16, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I first read this book several years ago after buying it at Borders. I liked it then and put it on my "read again someday" shelf. Well, that someday came this week when I pulled it off the shelf and began to reread it. Now I remember why I put it on that shelf. I loved this story! It is suspenseful, scary and a love story all at the same time. Now this book goes back on my "read again someday" shelf!
Nov 28, 2007 Evelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A young attorney from a working-class background, Robert Principe is having trouble making ends meet. When he offers up a worker's compensation scheme to his wise guy cousin, things get out of control quickly.

A fast-paced, humorous read. Has a few violent episodes, but overall entertains the reader. Santora is the award-winning screenplay writer of the TV shows Prison Break and The Sopranos.
Jun 02, 2011 Corey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I read it because the author wrote for the the TV series "Prison Break", which I liked. I also got to meet Nick Santora at a book reading at Borders downtown Ann Arbor. He was a very cool and laid-back guy, who was very receptive to people's thoughts on his book as well as the tv series writing.
Apr 14, 2009 Marcella rated it it was ok
This isn't a bad story. I gave it 2 stars because it read more like a movie plot than an actual novel. I can see this book being a better movie than novel. I definitely liked the authors punchy style of writing but the story was told to the reader rather than written as a story being unfolded slowly. (The author is a writer for the TV show Prison Break.)
Jan 04, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
interesting first book from this author (of Sopranos and Prison Break fame) I felt it read like a Patterson due to the nice, short chapters...but the character and his dilemna really sucked me into the story
Jan 31, 2008 Alicia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: former John Grisham fans
Recommended to Alicia by: Borders Bookstore
I thought this was a pretty good book. I enjoy "legal thrillers," and this was one of the more interesting ones that I've read lately. I liked the author's style of writing and was able to read it quickly and without any difficulty.
May 10, 2013 Nile rated it liked it
First book I read by this author, the author writes with a lot a detail a little to much at times. The story was very interesting and different from other lawyer books I have read. I love the ending as well
Feb 08, 2008 Marlo rated it really liked it
Robert Principe is a Columbia Law School graduate who is struggling to keep his practice. He becomes involved in an insurance scheme with the Mob and quickly finds out that once you're in, it's very hard to get out. Quick read. A little Sopranos, a little Law & Order, a lot of fun.
Apr 24, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
Interesting but a little simplistic for a thriller. Lots of white space on the pages!
Feb 04, 2008 Lil rated it did not like it
what a disappointment, waited three months for this book from the library and then the disappointment - as bad as reading Victoria Gotti
Aug 21, 2008 MK rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are fascinated by mafia stories
Shelves: own-it
I enjoyed this book, and how it was written. It flowed very nicely, and the plot came together quite well.
I enjoyed this book. I felt the characters desperaTion over their respective predicaments. Recommend.
Apr 21, 2009 barry rated it it was amazing
great book....very enjoyable
May 16, 2009 Jim rated it did not like it
Predictable and filled with every mafia cliche.
Tiffany J Driver
Apr 29, 2015 Tiffany J Driver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
page turner!

stayed up waaaay to late trying to finish this book last night!... very easy read, but a good story with well developed characters.
Jan 07, 2010 Lbd rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
YUCK! I don't like lawyer books and I don't like mobster (mafia) books. this was both. Not impressed with the story.
Ken Cook
Feb 09, 2015 Ken Cook rated it liked it
A decent quick read - good local color and descriptions, but nothing to knock your socks off.
Lola Wallace
Apr 30, 2009 Lola Wallace rated it did not like it
good job, Borders!
Jun 06, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it
Wonderful take your mind off troubles read. Wish it were longer.
Debut legal thriller penned by a TV writer/producer. Very slick in both the best and worst senses.
Jun 09, 2010 Jeanette rated it liked it
I struggled with this book, because it was both fascinating and overflowing with offensive profanity. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it for the vulgar language.
Jun 29, 2007 Stacy rated it did not like it
don't get me started.
Oct 17, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is very exciting, its the type of book that you can't put down! There's a lot of action and thrill! Its a GREAT book to read!!!!!!!
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