Gangster is a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, published in , narrating the life of Angelo Vestieri from the early 20th Century until his death, and his rise to. Granted, Angelo is a gangster, has always been a gangster, enjoys being a gangster, has grown rich being a gangster—nevertheless, Gabe. : Gangster () by Lorenzo Carcaterra and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great.

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Jul 30, Pages Buy. Gangster by Lorenzo Carcaterra.

This book is a rollercoaster read. My parents were basically illiterate but they were great storytellers.


A gangster must always be prepared to kill a friend. May 17, Evangeleen Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was awesome! See 1 question about Gangster…. And it is a love story between the narrator and the woman he meets. I gave a copy to my 90 yr old father and gahgster read it in two days, also loved it. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine …. In the twilight of his life Vestieri takes in an orphan boy, who is very reminiscent of himself as a youth.

Looking for a crime novel to read on holidays I was drawn to this by some online reviews and the review comments on the book itself as well as the fact the author wrote Sleepers.

Gangster by Lorenzo Carcaterra

The question that preoccupies them both—and the author—is: The action was at times over-the-top cartoonish. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

I would definitely recommend this book if anyone Though it’s been awhile since I read gangstr book, it was good enough to have a lasting imprint in my memory.


His bedtime stories were about gangsters and fighters, west side guys and hoodlums. They have plenty of other things that capture their attention. This makes Vestieri question his path in life and reshapes the way he thinks.

I would listen to them talk because I always found them to be great storytellers. What are you trying to give readers here?

Published January 30th by Ballantine Books first published Gangsters live for the action. With what started with stories about old gangster and the how and why the mafia was originally formed, Angelo Vestieri was raised to become a Angelo Vestieri is the coldest ganster I know.

From first to third draft we changed roughly thirty percent of the story. Yet another of those tedious underworld novels in which Godfathers and Galahads tend to overlap, this time in early 20th-century New York. Carcaterra pulls the reader into each of his main characters and causes you to feel for each character He worked his way up to entertainment reporter before leaving the paper inheading for the green pastures of then-Time Inc. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

While reading old newspaper accounts I ran across a description of a beautiful woman who headed one of the most notorious gangs. Even when the author makes shit up, it still has the ring of truth, because they were real people. I would rule over a dark world, a place where treachery and deceit would be at my side and never know the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. I’m happy to have opened this book and kept reading. Writing a book about gangsters is always a difficult task.


The story begins with Angelo Vesteiri, an old legendary mob boss who lays dying with the two closest people to him sitting around as he tells the amazing story of his life. From the Hardcover edition. Why do you return again and again in your books to these themes of redemption, loyalty, revenge, and love?

I really liked his book Apaches: While overly romantic at times, I still enjoyed the writing style. InCarcaterra turned to television as a Creative Consultant for the syndicated weekly series Cop Talk: It’s what happens when a writer gets real about the subject of his story and his characters whic make it rewarding. Carl Alves — author of Blood Street Which do you enjoy writing more?

Fathers would rather have their sons dead than have them join the ranks of the Camorra, or the Mafia. Looking for More Great Reads?

Join a good crime family. Ok, I made the last one up, but the first 4 and a number of other gangster platitudes are sprinkled liberally throughout this novel. It was that same wide-sweeping epic kind of feel to it.

Scarf Vit Gangster tal. I’ve read it 6 times. There’s also a big revelation near the end, to gantster I was surprised would be an understatement.