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by Permanent Press, 31 January 2017. ISBN: 978-1-57962-436-1 (HB)
From the publisher: At 59, facing a dull and
lonely future, Phil Vail yearns for a way to put vigor and purpose into his
remaining years. Then he finds the Mafia. He is riding a commuter
train, enjoying a chat with the younger woman sitting next to him when they
encounter three drunks threatening violence and rape. Phil is powerless and
terrified but the woman is neither: her father is the caporegime
of New York’s Sforza crime family and a cell call brings her three mobster
brothers who deal out brutal punishment. Phil is appalled but
fascinated. In subsequent contacts with the woman he finds himself
falling in love and his fall takes him deeper into the Mob. Then comes
the game changer: a crazy-seeming offer to become a crime boss himself,
an offer he cannot refuse. Phil sees the dark comedy in his situation but
tells the story earnestly in a first-person account describing his emotions,
reflections and surprising leadership as well as adventures including a
sensational brawl with a Mafia kingpin in a posh Manhattan restaurant, a
near-death experience in a karate dojo, and a spectacular stunt to force the
hand of the FBI.
This novel had me hooked from the first page,
something that seldom happens, I must admit, But the opening scene, which
has our protagonist falling in love and falling into the mob in quick
succession, is written in so engaging a fashion that it has the reader swiftly
engaged in the tale.
Phil, divorced for 3 years and with a 26-year-old son,
is 20 years older than Sylvia, the woman who entrances him immediately. A
former client, who also was his last-remaining client, decides he wants to run
for the presidency of the US. His description in this regard may sound
familiar to many: “He had no elected-office experience, no campaign
experience, no voter constituency, and no political agenda.’ The author
also speaks of a high-lever meeting which takes place in a venue whose guests
include “a celebrity real estate mogul who pushed to the front eager for camera
time,” a description which might also sound familiar.
Our protagonist muses that he “was finally getting the
hang of gangster rock ‘n’ roll.” The novel references writings and
writers including John LeCarre and William Shakespeare, just an example of the
erudition and simply wonderful writing found here. A very fast and
terrific read, the novel is highly recommended.
Zousmerspent half his
career as a journalist, mainly with ABC News, and the other half as a freelance
speechwriter for the CEOs or presidents of about 30 major corporations. His ABC
assignments included chief writer of Good Morning America and 20/20, senior producer
of Nightline, and writer for Harry Reasoner and Peter Jennings. He also wrote
documentaries for Discovery, Audubon, Smithsonian World, and National
Geographic. He is a graduate of Stanford and Columbia Universities and served
as a United States Navy officer in Vietnam. He has written six books: two
novels, three books on writing, and a Smithsonian book on evolution in the
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.