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The Angel Of Montague Street [Hardcover]

Norman Green
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April 24 2003

In the fall of '73, Brooklyn, New York, is home to worn-down hotels, wise guys, immigrants, the disturbed, the disenfranchised, and a few people just trying to make an honest buck. When Silvano Iurata's troubled brother, Noonie, rumored to be living in Brooklyn Heights, goes missing, Silvano returns to a place he swore he'd never set foot in again.

He left Brooklyn a long time ago -- wanting to leave behind his family and its seedy mob connections and a past that just won't stay buried. The jungles of Viet Nam felt more hospitable to him than his own hometown; now that he's back, he doesn't intend to stay for long. His cousin Domenic has harbored a deadly grudge against Silvano for something that happened when they were teenagers, but they aren't kids anymore, and his cousin has some dangerous friends. Silvano needs to find out what happened to his brother, and get out -- fast.

Was Noonie a victim of Little Dom's revenge? Or is he still alive and at risk? Silvano noses around where he doesn't belong, among Brooklyn's underworlds of the criminal and of the dispossessed, and has to face his family demons once and for all. He not only puts himself in serious jeopardy but also exposes some new friends -- and the woman he has come to love -- to the vengeful cousin who would do anything to see Silvano dead.

A tale of revenge and redemption, The Angel of Montague Street has the same vivid characters, razor-sharp detail, and dead-on dialogue that made Norman Green's debut novel, Shooting Dr. Jack, an unforgettable snapshot of life on the streets of Brooklyn. With its perceptive, poignant heart and gripping plot, this is literary suspense at its best.

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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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars dark and grimy urban noir thriller May 11 2003
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Noirish (Semi) Thriller! Sept. 3 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Helluva Writer Sept. 5 2006
By Patrick Picciarelli - Published on
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bus novel March 24 2009
By Martin - Published on
--Enjoy visualizing interesting characters?
--Enjoy a well written detective story?
--Spend some time with this novel, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read Feb. 10 2005
By MN Snowman - Published on
Green writes a good yarn ... he knows how to lay out a story, populate it with interesting characters and keep the twists and turns to a plausible level that maintains your interest.

Highly recommended -- as are his first and third novels.
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