Baker & Taylor
Anthony Russo, an ambitious young man from Atlantic City, New Jersey, finds out how difficult it is to realize his dream of getting out of the violent family business and becoming a legitimate businessman
Blackwell North Amer
Atlantic City, where the waves pound into the shore under the Boardwalk and the night sky is illuminated by the brash invitations of casino lights, is home to Anthony Russo. All he wants is a legitimate life, but growing up with gangsters puts a certain kind of pressure on his aspirations: his family wants him to join the Family; his father, Vin, wants to help him. So when Anthony witnesses a brutal murder, Vin decides to give all the credit to his son.
Soon Anthony is caught up in a vortex of revenge killings, threats, and a chain of events where murder is the only way to avoid murder. And to complicate matters, he is having an intoxicating affair with Rosemary, a decent woman who happens to wrestle in mud for a living. So when the opportunity comes to make a million dollars in the supposedly legitimate world of professional boxing, Anthony lunges for it.
But he quickly learns that the lawful world can be as treacherous as the criminal one, and a wrong step in either direction can cost him his life. And that's just the beginning of his education.
In a brilliant evocation of a decaying Mafia empire, Peter Blauner shows the old ways colliding with the new, where legality is only surface deep. Full of suspense and a rich vein of black humor, Casino Moon looks beyond the neon glow of crime to the grim shadows of its consequences.
In a Mafia novel for the 1990s, Anthony Russo is an ambitious young man who finds out how difficult it is to realize his dream of getting out of the violent family business and becoming a legitimate business man. 20,000 first printing.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994
249 p. ; 24 cm