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The Starlight Club 2: The Contenders (Starlight Club Series) by [Corso, Joe]
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Red Fortunato’s Starlight Club in Queens is back, still teeming with mobsters and their “business” each night. Trenchie, Tarzan and Moose have returned. The Genovese family and others hang out amidst the grandeur of Red’s renovated baby – the Grand Ballroom.

Columbia Pictures studio head, Larry Bernstein, is being blackmailed. “He knew that once any money had been exchanged, that this would not prevent any future demands. These people were nuts and nuts meant dangerous. There was no one in Hollywood he could trust. This was a gossip columnist’s dream scoop” that could ruin the studio. Big Red eagerly offers assistance, on his terms, with a caveat – a piece of Hollywood, and Swifty, the son he never had, is his ticket in the boxing ring and in glamour city.

“Red was what some in the neighborhood called a ‘benevolent dictator.’ His neighbors loved him and his enemies knew he was the boss of a crime family that numbered a thousand men or more. It was just a given that no crime would take place in Red’s territory. The outcome was a reprisal called ‘the wrath of the Red Head’.” Too bad no one told the power hungry Detroit capo. He violated the “rules.”

The phone was reminiscent of the red phone that led right to the White House. The council’s decision would stand. “The chief tapped the fingers of both hands twice. That was the signal” to Red that it was okay to proceed with justice – mob style. “The car moved slowly ahead until it reached a huge yellow machine. It was the car crusher. Reilly and his men instantly knew their fate. There were whimpers from inside the car, grown men pleading, pleading for their lives, begging for mercy.”

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  • Publisher: Black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 20 2014)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0xa2f55798) out of 5 stars Back in the world of Queens May 22 2013
By Philip Newey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I find it difficult to review this book, because there is a lot I like about it, but there are also enormous problems with it. Most of the problems could have been fixed if the editor had done his or her job.

This represents the second installment of Joe Corso's series on The Starlight Club, set in the early 1960s in the Queens district of New York, among the mafia families. This is a world I know next to nothing about, and Joe intrigues me and draws me in. The characters he creates and the stories he tells have, for the most part, a ring of truth about them. In some ways I think this book is better written than the first. The writing is of better quality. Corso is much more at home writing in this world and in this genre than he has been in some of this other books.

Again the story is told within the framework of a contemporary prologue and epilogue, in which Bobby Valentine relates these stories to his daughter. For the first third or so of the novel, the story appears to be told more clearly in Bobby's voice than was the case with the first novel. I liked this. However, this seems to fade away as the novel progresses. This is typical of the kind of issue that a good editor would have addressed. For a while the novel seems to consist of a series of anecdotes, but slowly settles down into two main stories, that of the Detroit mafia seeking to break into Red's Queens territory; and that of the young boxer Swifty: his gradual success in the boxing world and his immediate success after he is introduced to Hollywood. The characters are reasonably well-developed, although the minor characters tend to blur together. The female characters are not as well drawn - but then, this is clearly a man's world.

As in the previous novel, the fight and execution scenes stand out as the best written parts of the book. The scene where the mafia mediator comes to mediate between the leaders of two families, and the aftermath of that, I found riveting.
On the down side, the plot concerning Swifty is much too similar to that of Jimmy the Hat in the first book, although the author does make a reasonable attempt to differentiate between their characters. There are also several plot details that I felt did not work. I thought that the chapters could possibly have been arranged slightly differently, in order to facilitate the telling of the two main story threads. There also seemed to me to be some inconsistencies in the time line. These are all editorial issues which should have been sorted out before publication. Add to this the enormous number of typographical errors!

I really enjoy the world that the author creates for the reader. He shows more talent in this book as a writer. However, themes and stories from the previous book are repeated here too often. Most of all, his editor has seriously let him down. Despite the positive features of this book, it is nowhere near ready for publication. It will take more than the correction of the typos to bring this book up to standard. It requires some major re-editing. I give it three stars.
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HASH(0xa2f557ec) out of 5 stars The highly recommended action packed sequel. May 1 2013
By Susan Keefe - Published on
Format: Paperback
When Robert `Bobby' Valentine's daughter Lynn asks him for more stories about The Starlight Club, how can he refuse? As Bobby recounts his memories of this time in his life and Queens in the early 60's, the reader is treated to a glimpse of what life was like then, the Mafia's influence, intrigue, boxing and the film industry.

This story is action packed and contains ruthless violence but as always, there are good `bad' guys, and bad `bad' guys. It can stand alone or continue seamlessly on from The Starlight Club I, as it features the same wonderful characters, but in Volume II the author has added many new.

At the end of this brilliant story, there seems to be a psychological tension building similar to that of Alfred Hitchcock, with a host of intrigue and Trenchie facing the greatest challenge of his life.

Un-put-down-able, I read this in one session and can't wait for volume III!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f55c24) out of 5 stars Enjoyed but Dec 13 2014
By Connie M. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the book but I believe the author made a mistake when he wrote Henri's brother would receive a computer for college...the story takes place in the 1960s
HASH(0xa2f55fe4) out of 5 stars Mobsters like they really are! Sept. 24 2015
By Joe Bruno Sr. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading the Starlight Club, Book 1 and enjoying it immensely, I just had to read The Starlight Club Book 2. I was not disappointed.

Book 2 is a continuation of Book 1, with Bobby’s daughter Lynn, wanting to hear some more of her father “war stories,” concerning the mob and mobsters. Red is still running the Starlight Club, and now he is joined by colorful characters like Gonzo, Swifty and Shooter.

Having grown up in Little Italy in Manhattan, I know authentic mobsters when I read about them. Joe Corso knows them too, and he depicts them in a way that is not only authentic, but enjoyable reading as well.

If you‘ve read The Starlight Club – Book 1, you’ll love Book 2.

If you haven’t read Book 1, then what are you waiting for?

Like I said up top, you won’t be disappointed.

Crazy Joe Gallo: The Mafia's Greatest Hits - Volume 2

Highly recommended!
HASH(0xa2f5a0e4) out of 5 stars Good 2nd book in the series Feb. 14 2015
By Tell Cotten - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A great continuation of the series. I enjoyed reading about Red, Swifty, and the rest of the characters. Most of them were in the first book as well, and I liked how the first two books in the series connected with each other. While Red is a gangster, he still has a good heart and is very loyal to his friends. I’m looking forward to the next one!