Donny Lentini’s father, Carlo, is a wannabe mobster, hungry to gain acceptance into the South Philadelphia mob. The crime family, run by Joojy Gaetano, has its fingers in legal and illegal businesses throughout the city. For would-be wiseguys like Carlo, admittance into this elite crew is worth whatever hoops Joojy asks you to jump through. “Nobody but family was trusted. Its wannabes’ wet dream was genuflecting to the young Joojy Gaetano….But when their ship came in, work orders were simple: Do the necessary.” Donny himself is content to win mobsters’ money at the poker table, but he does what he can to look after his starry-eyed father. Carlo gets a promotion, working as a delivery man between Joojy and his Columbia drug connection, Jorge Munoz. A few months into the job, Carlo goes missing, only to be discovered murdered with his hands cut off. Donny vows revenge, but first, he needs to figure out exactly who is responsible. To clear his head, he starts attending AA meetings with some old friends, who also prove helpful allies in his low-key investigation.
“Just when you thought the ‘mob novel’ was a thing of the past, Larcinese’s Death in the Family pulls you back in … all the way.”
Reed Farrel Coleman, NY Times Bestselling Author of What You Break
“This novel, both hard boiled and deeply noir, has all the pulp fiction energy of other Philadelphia based crime writers: Mc Givern, Goodis, Shubin, Spicer, Lashner, Lopez, and Swierczynski.”
Jay A Gertzman, author of Pulp According to David Goodis
“A helluva ride through the mob-controlled streets of South Philly. Raw and real. Larcinese delivers action, insights and prose that rivals a capo’s memoir. (I could be convinced the author is a made man.) Donny Lentini abides by his mother, his smart-guy MBA working both for and against him as he delivers vengeance on her behalf that pales versus the losses that so many in the life will ultimately experience. Intense page-turner.”
Chris Bauer, thriller author (Jane’s Baby, Binge Killer, Hiding Among the Dead, Scars on the Face of God)
“(Larcinese) manages to bring 1980s Philadelphia and its environs to life in all their gritty, garish glory, and the specificity of the plot—which is rooted in petty schemes and damaged psychologies—helps to ground it in reality. (He)…leans into it with brio…and is by no means reinventing the wheel, but fans of mobster novels will enjoy this…take on the genre. A fun, energetic, Philadelphia-set Mafia caper.”