At middle age, Michael Satariano thinks he's put his days of killing for the Mob behind him. But when he is framed for a hit he didn't commit, Michael is forced to turn state's witness against his own mob to save his family.
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This is Collins's third book about Michael Satariano, released a couple of years ago. The first two, ROAD TO PERDITION and ROAD TO PURGATORY, were dark, bloody masterpieces. Both were made into movies. Though this one is not of the same caliber, it's entertaining, as most Mafia-related books are. Michael, now a middle-aged casino manager in Reno, refuses Sam Giancana's request to kill a rival gangster. He's framed for the murder anyhow. Narrator Yuri Rasovsky is a bit off his mark. He reads too slowly, and often his voice cracks when it shouldn't. Nonetheless, his performance doesn't get in the way of the story. And his accents are wholly believable. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
Shamus Award–winner Collins concludes his Road series (after Road to Purgatory) with a gripping, blood-soaked journey down memory lane. It's 1973, and 50-year-old Michael O'Sullivan Jr., the young boy orphaned in Road to Perdition, has Italianized his name to Michael Satariano and is boss and squeaky-clean mob frontman of the Cal-Neva Lodge and Casino at Lake Tahoe. Though a "made man" and official member of Chicago's Cosa Nostra family, he plans to work a few more years at Cal-Neva before retiring with his beautiful wife and teenage daughter to a life of legitimacy. But simple plans like Michael's fare poorly when thrust against the gritty realities of the mob. When Sam Giancana decides to end his exile in Mexico and reclaim his former position as Godfather, hits are ordered, mistakes are made and many people die, some of them quite close to Michael. He's now on the run, forced to relive his father's vengeance-fueled crime spree of 40 years earlier. While a slightly less profligate killer than Michael Sr., he's just as efficient and just as deadly. Collins's compelling mix of history, bloodshed and retribution is as irresistible as Sam Giancana's last meal of fried sausage, spinach and ceci beans. Readers will eat it up and beg for more. (Dec.)
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