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Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of the bestselling SLEEPERS, APACHES, A SAFE PLACE and GANGSTER. He has written scripts for film and television and is currently at work on his next novel. He lives in New York.

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Carcaterra has written extensively for television and it shows in this melodramatic tale of war between the New York branch of the Italian Mafia and a lone, mob-busting supercop from Italy. Giancarlo Lo Manto has arrived from Naples on the trail of his recently kidnapped niece Paula, taken as bait for an assassination trap that Lo Manto must step into if he is to rescue the girl. Lo Manto's arch foe is Mafia boss Pete Rossi, a man so evil readers will sit wide-eyed as he coldly kills underling after underling with astonishing heartlessness. No one can doubt Carcaterra's firsthand knowledge of the mean streets of New York (see his bestselling memoir, Sleepers), his extensive vocabulary of cop-speak (Apaches) or his expertise regarding the city of Naples (Street Boys), but his made-for-TV writing may prove a stumbling block for more literary readers. Veteran cop-story aficionados will find that the eventual attraction between Lo Manto and partner Jennifer Fabini, detective daughter of NYPD legend Sal Fabini, comes as no surprise, and the connection between the cop and crime boss Rossi will garner few gasps. But those readers unafraid of a little purple in their prose (" `Get ready to taste it, cop,' the Squid said. `Get ready to die' ") will have a perfectly good time following Lo Manto and his unusual allies. Agent, Owen Laster. 5-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

In Manhattan, where he lived until he was 14, Naples cop Giancarlo Lo Manto joins with NYPD veteran Jennifer Fabini to find Lo Manto's missing niece. What he uncovers instead is a series of crimes connected to his past. From the author of the best-selling Sleepers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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