Books by Marc Savage

PARADISE by Marc Savage
Released: June 1, 1993

Wise guy as usual, author Savage continues the crime doings of the Scorceses (Flamingos, 1991, etc.)—New York mobsters who are a cross between Jimmy Breslin's and Anthony Bruno's thugs. Here, Misty Carmichael is a small-potatoes gambler and full- time wastrel. But after a sudden inspiration, he decides to heist a quarter of a million from the Scorceses. After all, he might never hit it big at the track, and here is a sure thing. So Misty steals the mafia's money and scurries for parts unknown in his 11- year-old rusted yellow Toyota. Blitz Focoso, whom Misty robs, going all out to recover, hires a couple of ace skiptracers, brothers Izzy and Abe Stein. Coincidentally, Izzy, unbeknownst, is Misty's mom's ex-lover. Also soon hot on the trail of the thief is syndicate capo Joe Scorcese's prodigal son, Angelo: banished to Phoenix because he tried to off his old man and take over at his Vietnamese wife's urging, Angelo wants Misty bad so as to regain his pa's good graces. (``That little spud sucker comes through here, the surgeon's gonna be a busy boy,'' says Angelo, talking in Dutch Leonardese, as do most of the characters, even the women.) En route to Hawaii, Misty picks up little cowboy-hatted-and-booted Leslie Ann Rice in Durango. Would she like to go with him? She would, of course, but the first chance she gets she calls her daddy Earl in Nevada and tells him to get on a plane to Oahu: ``I think our ship's come in.'' What transpires when all interested parties come together in ``paradise'' turns this comic crime novel into a modern-day Greek tragedy. And the juxtaposition of this incongruous resolution plus the tough-guy dialogue every character parrots is off-putting. Read full book review >
FLAMINGOS by Marc Savage
Released: Aug. 11, 1992

Savage, whose first novel was The Light Outside (1976), here tells the story of a pair of ex-cons who move to Phoenix to run a harmlessly profitable scam amongst the retirees. One of the pigeons is an elderly New York mobster who's not as enfeebled as he appears. Closet intellectual Del Rebus is the man with the plan—a middle-aged white fellow with the longest string of jokes since Henny Youngman. Elvis Mahoney is the junior partner, a black Memphian with dreams of his own restaurant. The pair met in prison in California, where Del took Elvis under his wing and saved him from the usual sordid initiation. Their sentences behind them, the friends have taken themselves—along with Del's beautiful girlfriend Franny—to Arizona to glean the fields harvested by the savings and loans with a bit of financial flimflam. The scam looks like a winner. Profits roll in, including $50,000 from the pockets of a senile gent named Joe. But Joe is syndicate capo Joe Scorcese, who's in Arizona recovering from an assassination attempt. He is anything but senile. Mr. Scorcese plays the pair like a couple of mandolins while he works his own revenge on the parties who tried to end his life. Elvis has enough sense to recommend bailing out at once, but his loyalties keep him with Del, who has a grudge against the mob and sees Joe as an opportunity to pay them back. Smart and funny. The Scorceses appeared previously in Savage's paperback Scratch (1990). With any luck they'll be back again. Read full book review >