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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
An above-average New York drugs, kidnapping tale involving a dedicated Italian mafia hunter from Naples using unusual techniques in the Big Apple. Accompanied by a female agent, befriending a useful street urchin and seriously upsetting the mafia, this builds to an intriguing twist in a fast, highly recommended read. He has a terrific backlist to indulge in too, especially Sleepers and Gangster.
Comparison: Mario Puzo, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos.
Similar this month: Lee Child, Michael Marshall.
Paradise City by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Giancarlo Lo Manto is the toughest cop on the toughest beat in Europe - a detective in the Naples homicide squad, dedicated to bringing down the mob. But what hurts the gangsters in the old country hurts them in the new world too. In the highest towers of the most expensive streets in New York City, Lo Manto is becoming a problem. When Lo Manto learns his teenage niece, Paula, has gone missing in Manhattan, the two worlds, the two cities, are set to collide. The poor of Naples call New York Paradise City. For Gian Lo Manto, coming to the City is a journey into hell.
'Carcaterra's strength is his ability to move a story along quickly and ensure his readers keep turning the pages well into the night. Varied and absorbing ... brings a lump to the throat'
'Carcaterra's unrelenting pace gives this sweeping saga a style all its own' Maxim
'Startlingly good crime fiction' Observer
'Reads like a treatment for a Martin Scorcese script' Independent
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Publication date4th April 2005
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PublisherSimon & Schuster (trade Division)
CategoriesCrime & mystery
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