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A Quiet Vendetta by R.J. Ellory
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Jan 12, 12

bookshelves: a-kindle, thrillers, america-51, a-to-z-2012
Read from January 06 to 11, 2012

This is the tale of an old mafia hitman who gives himself up and confesses to a murder in New Orleans but who then insists on telling his life story to the FBI as a prerequisite to freeing a kidnap victim. It is a fascinating and brutal story that spans many decades, begins in New Orleans and ends there, but also embraces mafia killings and all pervasive political corruption in Cuba, Florida,Las Vegas, New York, LA and Chicago.

Like all RJ Ellory's work, there is a lot more to it than that. This is also about family, loyalty, love and most particularly self awareness. It includes lots of references to well known historic characters such as The Kennedy brothers and Nixon, Jimmy Hoffa, Marilyn Monroe and the whole gamut of mafia faces.

I enjoyed this and at times it was a great read, but at other times it drifted and overall I think it could have been better if somewhat shorter.

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