The natural sucessor to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen joins Orion with a hilarious tale of love and the Mafia in Key West. For ten years now Angelina Amaro has kept a secret so deep, so personal, that she couldn't share it with anyone. She is in Love. In love with Ziggy Maxx (nee Sal Martucci) the man who betrayed her father, Mafia capo Paul ...
The natural sucessor to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen joins Orion with a hilarious tale of love and the Mafia in Key West. For ten years now Angelina Amaro has kept a secret so deep, so personal, that she couldn't share it with anyone. She is in Love. In love with Ziggy Maxx (nee Sal Martucci) the man who betrayed her father, Mafia capo Paul Amaro. Ziggy is living a new life as a bartender in Key West but when Angelina spots his oh-so familiar hands making a cocktail in a holiday video taken by her uncleshe leaves New York to seek him out. Paul Amaro, just out of prison, is dismayed when it's suggested that Angelina may have gone looking for her lost love. Vigin Heat is a tale of love, the mob, revenge, redemption, and some minor cross dressing.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-02-03 Goofball goombahs careen through Shames's latest Florida-based comic thriller, a Mafia slapstick that has its funny moments but lacks the depth or vigor to carry a reader's interest along for the entire ride. Ziggy Maxx, working as a bartender in Key West, was Sal Martucci before he ran away from the Witness Protection Program. Now he augments his tips with small-time crime for a local mobster and turns his face away from tourist cameras for fear that Paul Amaro, the New York capo he ratted out, will recognize him under all his plastic surgery. Ziggy's plight is meant to arouse sympathy, but his personality is so roughly sketched that it's hard to understand why Amaro's daughter, the winsome virgin Angelina, would have pined for such a putz for eight years. But pine she has. And, after her uncle Louie shows some home movies of his Key West vacation, including a shot of a bartender making a Virgin Heat cocktail, Angelina, having recognized the bartender's dexterous hands, leaves New York for the sultry Key in search of her lost love. There's also a gay tourist named Michael with convenient access to a homosexual resort hotel, Louie's nagging wife, some fumbling feds and a selection of New York and Florida felons. Shames (Tropical Depression) executes his strokes smoothly, but those strokes are all painted strictly in primary colors, by the numbers. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Mar.) FYI: Hyperion will simultaneously publish Tropical Depression in paperback.
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