SUNBURN by Laurence Shames


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 More felonious fun in the Florida Keys with the family of retiring Mafioso Vincente Delgatto (Florida Straits, 1992, etc.). It's like this, see. Don Vincente, the Reluctant Godfather, wants to beat his swords into gardening shears and thinks of maybe writing his memoirs while he's at it; his illegitimate son Joey Goldman, meanwhile, digs up an equally reluctant ghostwriter, Key West Sentinel editor Arty Magnus. The Godfather, who makes it clear to Arty that he's not out to incriminate anybody who's not already dead or doing life, is too honorable to feel any sense of danger, and Arty himself is too dumb. But danger there is. Joey's vicious, pushy half-brother Gino Delgatto--who doesn't have his hands full enough with his current bimbo, dog beautician Debbi Martini--goes off to Miami to lean on his father's old business associates, and the negotiations end several days later with him ratting out the old man. At the same time, a pair of FBI agents from the land of snow and ice have been pressed to pin the latest New York mob hit on the Godfather. The Feebies, like Gino, decide that Arty is the weak link; using what they know about Debbi, whom he's taken up with in Gino's absence, they're determined to pump him dry; Gino wants to buy himself back from the grave by killing Arty even before he finds out about Debbi. The Godfather, getting wind of Gino's treachery from Joey, dispatches his old friend Bert the Shirt d'Ambrosia to the Big Apple to set things straight. But what can an old man and an arthritic chihuahua sharing a moth-eaten suit do when they've been away from the city so long they don't even know how to find their mark? Not as original, as funny, or as unpredictable as Florida Straits, but still as bouncy and breezy as you'd expect from a much older pro.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1995
ISBN: 0-7868-6068-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1995


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