Fast-paced, thrilling, poignant, and profound…
A dying prominent restauranteur is forced to revisit his dark past after a grisly discovery in Izzi’s latest tense crime thriller. With his late-stage cancer diagnosis, 87-year-old Antonio ‘Tony Napoli’ Sorrentino knows the time has finally come for him to close his legendary restaurant, a happening place in the heart of the West Loop in Chicago, where he had served prominent politicians, famous entertainers, renowned dignitaries along with well-known mobsters. But Toni’s plan of spending his remaining days in peace and quiet turns upside down after four decomposed bodies of the members of a crime family are discovered beneath the concrete foundation of his restaurant. Tony must decide if he wants to break the family ‘omerta’ or go quietly with the secrets of a dark past buried deep in his old heart. High tension, breakneck pacing, and an intriguing storyline elevate this thriller, which meditates on family and friendship while exploring complex themes of integrity, honor, regret, and redemption. The setting beautifully evokes the neo-noir atmosphere of an action-thriller, taking readers to the crime-ridden streets of the ‘90s Chicago. Dennis and Sorrentino’s individual moral dilemmas act as the main drivers of the book, while the decades-old stories of crime, extortion, and unsolved murders make an essential part of many subplots. Dennis is an easy to root for, complex and likable character, but it is Sorrentino who, with his moral quandaries steals the show. The supporting cast is so large as to occasionally confuse, but on balance, the writing is crisp and engrossing and the plot unpredictable. An exhilarating tale of moral dilemmas, murder, and mayhem.
Dinner At Tony Napoli’s