by Nick Chiarkas
October 24-November 18, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
In Weepers (Book 1), Angelo and his gang, with a bit of help from his beloved "uncle" Nunzio Sabino, defeated the notorious Satan's Knights. Now, in this standalone sequel to Weepers, it's 1960 and Nunzio is still the most powerful organized crime boss in New York City, protecting what's his with political schemes and 'business' deals.
Against this backdrop of Mafia turf wars, local gang battles, and political power-plays in the mayoral election, the bodies begin stacking up. An unlikely assassin arrives fresh from Naples after killing a top member of the Camorra to avenge the murder of her family. She blends seamlessly into the neighborhood and with the focus on the threat from the Satan's Knights, no one suspects that Angelo's father and Nunzio are next on her hit list. Nunzio has lived his entire life by the mantra; Be a fox when there are traps and a lion when there are wolves. Will Nunzio be a lion in time?
Praise for Nick Chiarkas:
"Writers are always told, 'Write what you know.' Nick Chiarkas knows New York, organized crime, and how to write an engaging story. Nunzio’s Way is gritty and thoroughly gripping."
John DeDakis, award-winning Novelist and former editor for CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”
Chiarkas takes readers into another deep dive of the Al Smith project housing in the 1950s. Nunzio is the boss, and I mean boss of the area. You are his friend, you obey him or you just might end up dead at the worst or out of a job at the least. But I do like that he tries to solve problems before eliminating the people causing them. Nunzio is well developed character, a mix of judgment and compassion. He determines the future of a person, almost at his whim.
The culture of the time and place is very well presented. I can hardly imagine people sitting around enjoying dessert while discussing details of the latest murder. But life and death were a real and immediate part of that area and a part of daily life. Chiarkas grew up in the projects and he conveys realistically what it was like. The novel is well written and engaging. Just be prepared for a high body count and a couple of heartless characters.
To understand the action of this novel, such as the angst over the murder of Mac, one should read the first book in the series, Weepers. You can read my review of it here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Read an excerpt:
When he was in the fourth grade, his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation.” Instead, Nick became a writer, with a few stops along the way: a U.S. Army Paratrooper; a New York City Police Officer; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; and the Director of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Agency.
On the way to becoming an author, he picked up a Doctorate from Columbia University; a Law Degree from Temple University; and was a Pickett Fellow at Harvard. How many mothers are told their children are hopeless? How many kids with potential simply surrender to despair? That’s why Nick wrote Weepers and Nunzio's Way— for them.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)