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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (April 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060188197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060188191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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As a fresh face in the hard-boiled crime fiction sweepstakes, Green (Shooting Dr. Jack) is carving out a niche for himself with his piercing portraits of men trapped by their tainted pasts. Green's new hero, Silvano Iurata, is a Vietnam vet and a Buddhist who has returned to his native Brooklyn. He knows that he should not have come back home, since his mob-connected family has it in for him, but he has to find his brother, Noonie, who has mysteriously disappeared. He haunts the seedy hotels, dark alleys, dives and flophouses of the borough, drifting from one false lead to the next, deciphering double-crosses and dodging bullets, fists and romance. His relatives hold a number of grudges, both real and imagined, against him. Uncle Angelo, a genuine mobster out of central casting, believes Silvano is untrustworthy and spills family secrets. Little Dom, Silvano's cousin, wants him dead for a series of slights going back to their teen years. While Green lacks the clever wordplay of Elmore Leonard or the brooding explosiveness of Joe Connelly and George Pelacanos, he gets off some hilarious bits of dialogue, sudden bursts of manic action and sharp tongue-in-cheek descriptions. The mystery of his brother's disappearance loses some of its urgency, but Silvano's journey is no less gripping. At first glance, he may seem like the usual noir hero at war with himself, but Green taps into something larger with his subtle pronouncements about family curses, bad choices, lost souls, mindless violence and redemption. This sophomore effort cements his place in the upper echelons of neo-noir.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Norman Green reports this about himself: "I have always been careful, as Mark Twain advised, not to let schooling interfere with my education. Too careful, maybe. I have been, at various times, a truck driver, a construction worker, a project engineer, a factory rep, and a plant engineer, but never, until now, a writer." He lives in Emerson, New Jersey, with his wife, and is hard at work on his second novel.

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Format: Hardcover
At the age of seventeen, Brooklyn born Silvano Iurata was forced to go on the run after completing a mission for his grandfather Dominic, a high ranking Mafia official. After he left his cousin Little Don believed he killed his father and had an affair with his sister who was sent to the convent in disgrace. Little Don vows to torture then kill Silvano when he next steps foot in New York City but that proves difficult to do because his cousin works for the government and has no permanent address.
Years later Silvano returns to Brooklyn to learn what happened to his kind-hearted, mentally impaired brother who disappeared without a trace. He finds out whom his brother worked for and hung around with. In the course of his inquiries he meets a woman that he falls for. However, Little Don knows that his cousin is in town and salivates to get his hands on the relative he hates with a passion.
This is a dark and grimy urban noir thriller that focuses on those who, like the protagonist, live on the outskirts of society. The year is 1972 and the power of the Mafia remains intact so that Silvano steps carefully around relatives in the "family" and works overtime not to touch off a mob war that could hurt the people he cares about. He is still recovering from his year in Vietnam and readers will credit him for trying to do the right thing and stepping away from the violent culture he was raised in. THE ANGEL OF MONTAGUE STREET is no angel but he is quite a man.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Well-Written Noirish (Semi) Thriller! Sept. 3 2005
By bobbewig - Published on
Format: Paperback
Norman Green is a very good writer and reminds me of Richard Price. In The Angel of Montague Street Greens tells the story of Silvana Iurata, who returns to Brooklyn after many years to find out what happened to his missing brother. He is well aware of the danger of his return, as his mob-connected cousin, who has held a grudge against Silvana from when they were teenagers, is planning to find and kill him. Green is a real pro in developing very "real", three-dimensional characters and in capturing the language and nuances of those from the seedier side of Brooklyn in the 1970's. If you enjoy books that are driven more by character development that plot, this is definitely a book I think you'll enjoy. If plot development and action-oriented thrillers, however, are your thing, then maybe you would be better off with a different book. While the plot is interesting and holds your attention, it moves at a pretty slow pace. So be prepared if you decide to take on this book. Having read and enjoyed The Angel of Montague Street, Green's second book, I bought his two other books.
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A Helluva Writer Sept. 5 2006
By Patrick Picciarelli - Published on
Format: Paperback
An excellent writer who captures Brookyln and makes it a character in the story. I grew up in the area, have known similar street people, and Norman Green is right on the money. One quibble, a personal thing that always annoys the hell out of me from otherwise competent writers: revolvers DO NOT have safeties. Makes me wonder if Mr. Green took Tough Guy 101 before writing this story. Amatuerish mistake, usually committed by a rank beginner. That said, this book is fantastic.
Interesting Story Oct. 25 2010
By Hugh C McGinley - Published on
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Norman Green writes about a seedier segment of life in Brooklyn and an area that has seen better days. His characters come across as real but not people you'd want to know. The Angel of Montague Street is an interesting story, probably not as good as Shooting Dr. Jack, Dead Cat Bounce and The Last Gig, and his ending is possibly too simple to believe, but it doesn't diminish the book as a whole.
A great bus novel March 24 2009
By Martin - Published on
Format: Paperback
--Enjoy visualizing interesting characters?
--Enjoy a well written detective story?
--Spend some time with this novel, you will not be disappointed.
Five Stars Jan. 17 2015
By Frank McCarthy - Published on
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This puts you actually on the scene. You become part of the story.