Under cover of darkness, an American family moves into a villa in Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy. Fred Blake, the father, tells everyone he is there to write a history of the Allied landings. His wife Maggie gets involved in a local charity; their teenage children enrol in the lycee. At first... show more
Under cover of darkness, an American family moves into a villa in Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy. Fred Blake, the father, tells everyone he is there to write a history of the Allied landings. His wife Maggie gets involved in a local charity; their teenage children enrol in the lycee. At first glance a family like any other. But Fred's real name is Giovanni Manzoni - an ex-Mafia boss who has grassed and is now part of the FBI's witness-protection program. And his record in other locations would indicate that his cover is not likely to last very long.
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Adult Fiction
, French Literature
I really enjoyed the book, as I am generally a huge fan of Mafia stories, but the end was a bit... well, I would call it queasy.
Okay bear with me for a minute because this gets a little complicated. Malavita was originally released in English as Badfellas, (a homage to the main characters love of the movie Goodfellas,) and is now being re-released under its original French name due to a movie version coming out, which is cal...
While reading this, I couldn't help but visualise the author writing this and dreaming of the day it was made into a paint-by-numbers Hollywood comedy - because that is how Badfellas reads, like a book tie-in for a film that's already been released.That's not to say Badfella's is a bad book by any s...
The sequel to [b:Malavita|867149|Malavita|Tonino Benacquista|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MH2ZSBMGL._SL75_.jpg|852547], but unfortunately it isn't quite as good. Though there are still some very amusing episodes. The subplot I liked best stars Maggie, who's tired of being an ex-Mob wife. ...
Update: I just discovered that this is also available in English translation, under the title Badfellas. ______________________________________An entertaining story about a former Mob family that relocates to a small town in France. (The Witness Protection Program is having problems keeping them saf...
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