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Mafia Summer: A Novel

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  23 reviews
August 1950: A brutal mob takeover is about to set Hell's Kitchen on fire.

Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher are an unlikely pair of friends. One is a tough Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, and the other is a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door. But after they meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950, a friendship ta
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Published June 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury USA
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Kat
cannot believe the ratings on this book! Are you guys seriously reading the right book? this book is one of a rare finds that makes you appreciate the history. Long after the end of this book, you just want to savor it for a while.
No, I'm not a male but I really enjoy this book thoroughly.
One more thing, this book is way better than that trashy pornography 50 Shades of Gray (tried to read a sample at Amazon. com but was disgusted due to poor writing and sex. Do we really need the details of sex
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Meliss
I don't know who is saying this is a good book, or even passable. Are all the reviewers "plants"?

This book is quite possibly the most pedestrian work of fiction I have ever read.
There is no craft to the writing. There is no character development. You NEVER care about the characters.

The best way I can put it is like this: It's like reading a book written for a fifth-grader (LITERALLY. I mean LITERALLY) with 12th-grade content.
Not recommended AT ALL. BORING.

By the way, one of my favorite genres
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Ice
Jan 25, 2011 Ice rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Lyn
I really enjoyed it. (The Kindle version. Note: annoyed with the editing. Every time "get" is used, it's italicized, which of course made me read it with emphasis. Silly me, you think I would have caught on after about the 30th one. Ah well, and there were other things, but I digress...) The story: I did like the story. The "good guys" were likable kids and I think the author developed their personalities well. This is definitely not how I grew up and spent my summers, but it felt familiar all t ...more
Reid
This had a good sense of time and place, and reminded me a lot of Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate, which I’m sure the author had in mind, with the focus on young entry-level mafia teenagers. Scenes of stickball, the NY Public Library, trucks and warehouses full of stolen goods, etc. Many scenes reminded me of The Godfather, a few times a bit too much, but I enjoyed the novel anyway, I think it was well done, especially when I had middling expectations.
Traci
The characters were not well developed, and there were too many of them. The friendship between Vinny and Sidney is not as emphasized as the synopsis makes it out to be. Based on true events maybe, but the plot still seemed convoluted and overly drawn out. I finished it, but it wasn't worth it.
Al
The author provides a glimpse into the world of La Cosa Nostra in New York City during the summer of 1950....based on actual events, the story focuses on the lives of two teenagers caught up in the inter-family struggles of the competing Mob interests.
Greg Shelton
A familiar "Mafia" storyline with good character development. An easy, enjoyable read. Bad guys trying to outdo other bad guys! The friendship that emerged between Vinny and Stanley was unique and added a little extra flavor to the overall story.
Brian Merrill
Mafia Summer was a surprisingly good novel. It is a story of friendship, in the shadow of the New York Mafia. When 19-year old Vinny, son of a Mafia capo, befriends a young Jewish boy, a bond forms that even a Mafia war will not tear apart.
Jeff Berkheimer
Not going to blow your socks off by any means, but I guess call me sucker for anything pertaining to old school NYC and the mafia...Little boring at times, but by all means worth a read.
Danielle
Different from my typical reading genre but I enjoyed this book. It's historical fiction about the mafia in New York in the 1950s. Very interesting and great characters.
Jed Brown
I've never read a book about Mafias. But this was a very entertaining story, and the fact that it is based on factual events makes it even better.
Raul
very good summer read, should make an intresting cliche east coast mafia flick directed by a actor turn director some day.
Jody Van Tassell


I loved this book! If you're looking for your typical mafia bloodbath, this book isn't for you! I quite enjoyed it!
Catherine A.
Fun read, especially growing up near NYC and Italian. Anyone Italian can relate to the characters in this book!
Paddy
I only read this because I have no internet and no library card, and I still regretted it.
Lenny
This was an excellent read. I usually don't read first person books, but this was an exception.
Kim
I enjoyed it. There are a lot of characters but author did a nice job of developing them.
Betty
This book is so Good..I have read it 4 times, and will read it again!!
Kathy
Another great mafia read. Loved the story. Could hardly put it down.
Lisa Hernandez
Pretty cheesy, but somewhat enjoyable all the same.
Maria
I found this an awesome story and very well told!
Vicki Robinson
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