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A Novel

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Imagine The Sopranos transplanted to the French countryside….

This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture The Family starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and produced by Martin Scorsese.

The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycée. Or so it seems.

In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who’s been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI’s witness protection program. He’s got a two-million-dollar bounty on his head, but he and his family can’t help attracting attention (imagine the Sopranos in Normandy). And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it’s Mafia mayhem à la Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper, or like The Godfather as if written by Carl Hiaasen. Because while you can take the man out of the Mafia, you can’t take the Mafia out of the man.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

May 27, 2013 – In this hilarious Mafia farce from Benacquista (Framed), Giovanni Manzoni, an important American Mafioso, has been relocated, as Fred Blake, to the small town of Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy, France, along with his wife and their two children. The discovery of a typewriter in their new home leads Manzoni to start writing about his experiences with organized crime. His 14-year-old son, Warren, uses the survival skills his father taught him to turn the tables on bullies at his new school, while his 17-year-old daughter, Belle, proves more than capable of fending off the wandering hands of would-be boyfriends. The FBI s efforts to keep the Blakes below the radar hit a snag when a screw-up at a local movie night leads to a screening of Goodfellas, giving the mobster an opportunity he can t refuse to share his firsthand knowledge of the criminal world depicted in the movie. Snappy writing and brisk pacing add up to a comic crime novel Elmore Leonard fans would relish.
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 25, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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