A Family Secret
by Harry Brooks
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A Family Secret is a fast moving novel that takes the reader from the streets of South Philly to the backroom gambling joints of Atlantic City in the early forties to the most Mafia-infested, politically corrupt city in the world – Las Vegas. It is the story of two half brothers who each follow different career paths. One becomes a successful Las Vegas casino owner, while the other ends up in the Mafia.
The author’s use of sharp “street” dialogue makes the characters as real as a “royal flush.” A Family Secret is a gritty sometime humorous story that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next.
You will meet all kinds of interesting characters in the book. People like Fat Lenny, Little Pussey and Eddie “the hat” Weisberg, who is more like somebody’s old grandfather than a “Jewish Gangster.” The main character, Goldy, is the essence of every young man’s dream. Handsome, rich and as cool as a winter night. And Bobby Cippolini, Goldy’s half brother, a careless, cocky young Italian who answers only to the face he sees in the mirror.
A Family Secret is a story about people as much as it is about gambling and the mob. It is a beguiling and sometime witty love story that keeps the reader in suspense until the very end.
Absolutely outstanding book! I found myself immersed in the characters' lives because of the author's incredible attention to detail. The characters were very well developed and it incorporated aspects of business, the underworld, and family in a realistic portrayal of Mafia life. The plot kept me guessing... I couldn't put it down! Very highly recommended as it is now one of my favorite books!
- Stephanie Cohrac (Grand Rapids, MI)
This book was one of a kind. A real pageturner!! It really paints a perfect picture on how life really was back then. A must read!!
- A big fan, Jason Nissan
The story takes you through a realistic portrayal of what it was like to be a wise guy in South Philly. The story flows well and the characters are well developed to give the reader a visualization of the story. The author is currently unknown, but won't be after people get a copy of this book. A must read!
- Daniel Halpern (State College, PA)
I was pleased to read a story that was true to life.No phony characters or make-belive ":wise guys".The author knew what he was doing A great read.Can see this as a movie.
- Florida Mike "Mike the Man" (Florida)
- Xlibris US, March 2005
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