Big Time

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9780688093747: Big Time

In the murderous world of big time gambling, New Orleans style, Sal D'Amore faces a desperate flight from the mob and a dangerous climb to pop-music stardom with the woman he loves

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Small-time Mafia hoods are closing in on Sal D'Amore, an even smaller-time piano player with a big voice, a short torso and a face no woman can't resist. Sal lost $180,000 he didn't have on a fixed horse race, and the pursuit is on, from New Orleans to Waukegan, Ill., to a ship on the North Atlantic to Rio to Hollywood to Cabo San Lucas. You might think an antihero would become short-winded, but not Sal. Besides falling in love with an heiress and writing a Grammy-winning song, he's energetic enough to engage in constantly irksome inner monologues ("How can there still be music in the world? How can anyone sing anymore?") and to spout, along with his pals, a series of racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. The women in this novel need no body parts above the waist, and those below are compared to microphone components, horses and tumors. The sex scenes are minutely detailed but surprisingly unerotic. What's especially sad is that Montecino ( The Crosskiller ) has created riveting chase scenes and characters that we might want to know more about. But just when we're ready to care, the viciously bigoted jokes and observations reappear. Film rights to Cinergi Productions.
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From Library Journal:

Small-time New Orleans crooner Sal D'Amore runs into big-time trouble when his gambling addiction puts him in debt--$180,000--to the Mafia. Lazy and dumb, yet pursued by nearly every woman he meets, Sal hopscotches across the globe with the dreaded Venezia crime family in tow. After a variety of minor jobs and close calls he hooks up with a young Brazilian singer, and together they rise to the top of the pop music scene. Having progressively developed the survival skills and elementary cunning needed for a life on the run, Sal proves more than a match for the vicious Venezias in the inevitable confrontation. Montecino, author of The Crosskiller (Arbor House, 1988), relates this lavishly caricatured thriller with superb style and control. Sex, violence, music, and egos are all on a larger-than-life scale, yet are never rendered absurd. As good as they come, but not for the faint-hearted.
- Mark Annichiarico, " Library Journal"
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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