Mafia princess Angelina Amaro has only ever loved one man—and that lone affair was never consummated. Why not? Because her would-be lover, Sal Martucci, fled into the Witness Protection Program ... after ratting out Angelina’s father. When Sal is discovered working as a bartender in Key West, the wildly dysfunctional Amaro clan heads south—one member with love on her mind, the others with murder in their hearts.“Nearly impossible to put down,” wrote The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “[The book’s] laugh-out-loud wit recall[s] the best of Carl Hiaasen [and] its quirky characters and tough-mindedness are like Elmore Leonard’s.”
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Meet Angelina Amaro, the star-crossed daughter of Mafia capo Paul Amaro. For ten long years virginal Angelina has been carrying a secret torch for the stool pigeon who betrayed her father to the cops in exchange for a spot in the Witness Protection Program. When she recognizes her beloved's hands mixing drinks in a relative's Key West vacation video, Angelina stops pining and starts planning her escape from her family and reunion with her man Sal, who now goes by the name of Ziggy Maxx. Naturally, the course of true love never did run smoothly, and it isn't long before Papa is on her trail with hilarious results.
Playing the Mafia for laughs is a novel idea, and it works quite well in Laurence Shames' fifth book, Virgin Heat. In Angelina, Mr. Shames has found a sympathetic heroine, and in his collection of undercover cops, cross-dressing mafiosi, vengeful hit men, and long-suffering wives, he has created a memorable cast of supporting characters.About the Author:
Laurence Shames hasn’t done a real day’s work in thirty years. Instead, he’s written eight Key West novels, ghosted three bestsellers, and penned several books of non-fiction, as well as assorted screenplays, essays, and criticism. His writing has been translated into many languages he cannot read. Formerly the “Ethics” columnist for Esquire, he lives in Southern California.
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