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Mama’s Gone (The Lagotti Family Book 4)

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When children grow up, the parents must die

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences bet
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Sobriety Press
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This is the fourth installment in a series whose timeline goes back to the 60's. Which seems intimidating and not that approachable -- but Borstinski places plenty of context for the reader and ensures that you don't get lost in chronology.

Since the days of Mario Puzo (with some help from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and David Chase), there's been a cultural expectation for mob families -- how much of that expectation matches re
Lel Budge
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #4 in The Lagotti family saga….

Mary Lou started her crime empire with brains and not a small amount of violence. She is a force to be reckoned with that’s for sure.

Bobby is her adoring second husband, shrewd, a forward thinker and violent.

Frank, Mary Lou’s son…..he can do no wrong in her eyes, but he is trouble all the time…..he uses women like playthings and a prodigious drug user….she has to bail him out all the time.

Alice. Now Alice has brains….she is Frank’s elder twin, by 4 minutes
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally appeared on | Guest review by @cobaltdinosaur

Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski is effectively the fourth book in the Lagotti Family series. However, having read it, I would not have known this. It reads well as a standalone with plenty of back story and character history. The book moves at a rapid pace, starting with a shooting before bringing out what has gone before. The four main characters are each clearly cast; hard working Alice, lazy Mama’s boy Frank, reliable B
Tony Parsons
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1973, Mary Lou Lagotti (wife/mother), & Pasquale/Fabio West Coast mob business partner were in the drug operation together.
She had whacked Charlie Pentangelo (East Coast outfit).
1994, Courtney Hotel/Martini Bar. Frank Jr. Lagotti (son/Twin brother) had though he made a very profitable heroin sale. Julio was pleased.
Harvey Knight attorney was sent to a NYC jail to see what he could do for Frank Jr. (San Diego St.).
He screwed up big-time & sold drugs to an undercover agent.

Frank Jr. decided to
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Now I must state this was not what I expected at all to be honest. I don’t know if it’s cause I came into this series late or what as this is book four in the Lagotti Family Series and I like to read series’s in order. However, it did read fine as a standalone.
The opening to this story did have me wondering and intrigued which led me to diving into this story and to finding out why the mother (Mary Lou) got shot. It is a fast paced, action packed story in parts filled with crime, drugs, prostitu
Jay Williams
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Mary Lou is hit by a sniper's bullet at the beginning of this book, and the scene revisited often, the real story of the slaying develops through the book, and is not understood until near the end. This four book series is a high point in crime fiction. The writing is clear and straightforward and the story never seems to lag. The action and the characters are totally realistic, and the endless surprises keep the reader engrossed. The ending was spectacular and made me hope for a new ch ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her adult children wanted their mother attention and love but she was more interested in going up the ladder in the mafia before being boss. The children do not get on but they have to try. Their mother gets ill and they have to take over. See how they do

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Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Matriarch is no longer well, the children need to take over. It’s how they do it, that leaves you with suspense. Definitely ready for more.
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