The night Johnny Danetello drove a dying girl through the streets of Brooklyn in his cab, he was trying to save her life. Instead he ran down a cop and lost her and his freedom. Every day in prison, Johnny knew that Angie Monticelli's family blamed him for her death, and that going home would be suicide. B ...more
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Blending a pitch perfect noir sensibility with dark humor and a dash of the supernatural, Piccirilli offers up a unique cup of literary espresso that you could only find in the wilds of Brooklyn, a borough that really does share real estate with the Twilight Zone.
Dane is a driver and an ex-con, recently released from prison after doing time for hitting a police officer while driving a dying girl to the hospital. The catch here is that the dying girl is the daughter of Mafioso Don Monticelli, and also the little sister of Dane's best friend, Vinny. The family hold Dane responsible for Angie's death and he is a marked man, in prison and out. He comes home to live with his Grandma Lucia, a tough old bird who has survived b ...more
Johnny Danetello – Dane to his family and friends – is let out of jail after serving two years for assaulting a police officer with a vehicle. He returns to Brooklyn a wanted man: the reigning mob family, the Monticellis, want him for his negligent involvement in the death of young Angela Monticelli; his best friend, Vinny Monticelli, wants a showdown that he promises will come at the right time; his father's ex-partner – and possible murderer – wants him to leav ...more
I like subtle horror and an element of urban fantasy but I like that distinction to be well advanced and recognisable, not as a side bar to the main event. The supernatural elements felt a little like that here. Which isn't to ...more
The night Johnny Danetello drove a dying girl through the streets of Brooklyn in his cab, he was trying to save her life. Instead he ran down a cop and lost her and his freedom. Every day in prison, Johnny knew that Angie Monticelli’s family blamed him for her death, and that going home would be suicide. But Johnny has unfinished business with his former friend turned mob boss, Vinny Monticelli.
Now Johnny has returned to converse with the doomed and the dead–and wait for Vinny to make his move
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Set in America, in a neighbourhood where the Mafia are a part of every day life. The story begins with the release of Johnny Danetello as he finishes his 2 year sentence. Even though there's a price on his head, Johnny just can't shake off his lifelong apathy. Or the ghosts who keep trying to talk to him. Not to mention his sugar addicted Italian grandmother who is a my favourite character.
I really enjoyed this one.
I think the biggest issue is that either half was good. Both the supernatural aspects was good and so was the noir/crime story but putting them together there felt to be a bit of a mish mash. Nonetheless I am quite interested in reading more works by this author.