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Family Business

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Adam McMullen, his father Vito, and Vito's father Jessie share affection, plus an oddly mixed heritage they are part Cherokee Indian, Irish, Jewish, and Italian but their differences at times seem overwhelming. Adam had disappointed Vito by abandoning college for a nomadic lifestyle, and Vito is also piqued by Adam's idolization of his grandfather. An adept hustler and ...more
Unknown Binding, 281 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Poseidon Press
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Oct 12, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it
Vincent Patrick's first novel, The Pope of Greenwich Village, is one of my very favorite books. I really believe that it should have a reputation as one of the best crime novels of the last forty years. His second novel Family Business is not quite as good, but a lot of the greatness evident in his debut still shines through here.

Centering mainly on fathers and sons this time instead of cousins, the familial bonds are clearly a notch stronger. Jessie McMullen is a career criminal who can still
Apr 22, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it
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This book is the inspiration for the movie of the same name, starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. It is funny, sad, exciting and a fast read. It chronicles a young man's plan to enter the family business - burglary - in order to impress his grandfather and against the wishes of his parents.
Oct 21, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
A great, character driven, old-school crime caper book told in a deeply loving series of New York accents. A beautiful follow-up to The Pope of Greenwich Village,
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Oct 22, 2015 Rory Costello rated it it was ok
Sophomore jinx. Some funny scenes and good characterization, but simply not a patch on "The Pope of Greenwich Village".
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A very good book, nice characterization. So much better than the movie that was based on it.
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