Item description for Mafiya: a novel of crime by Charlie Stella...
Overview Former prostitute Agnes Lynn, aided by her lover, ex-cop Jack Russo, battles the Russian Mafiya as she seeks vengeance for the brutal murder of her friend Rachel Wilson.
Publishers Description Her name is Rachel. Married, divorced. Two kids, endless expenses, like those private school tuition bills. In New York City. It's not been easy, but Rachel's been making ends meet, barely, between her pimp and the escort service. And recently a Russian mobster with big bucks and bad ideas. Some crimes cry for vengeance, like the one that washes Rachel Wilson up on a beach, her head bald, her body mutilated. It's a cry that Agnes Lynn, a hooker gone straight and Rachel's long-time friend, can't ignore. Steely and resourceful, with a determination impervious to fear, Agnes aims to settle scores with pimps and porn kings - and unwittingly, blindly, sets herself in the path the formidable mob boss Viktor Timkin. Stalked by the Mafiya, pursued by the police - not least, a maverick Russian-born detective whose broken English hides an intelligence as cold as any among this countrymen on the other side of the law - Agnes can only run. Until she gets herself red leather boots, lipstick, a boning knife, and a plan. What she doesn't plan on, though, are crooked cops, a Saudi weapons dealer, gangland assassins, a turf war, and redfella deviants. What she doesn't plan on could get her killed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648651 ISBN13 9781933648651
Availability 0 units.
More About Charlie Stella
Charlie Stella is considered one of the rising stars in crime fiction, whose style has been compared to Mario Puzo and Elmore Leonard. Mafiya is his sixth novel. He lives in New Jersey.
Charlie Stella currently resides in the state of New Jersey.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mafiya: a novel of crime?
Another Knockout From Charlie Stella: MAFIYA Jun 16, 2008
Charlie Stella's MAFIYA opens up with both barrels and let's the reader know this is a novel that means business. Stella's sixth novel, making his run a rock solid 6 outta 6, brings complex characters who very quickly, thanks to Stella's writing, become very real people to the reader. As you can probably guess by the title, this one deals with the Russian Mob. Rachel Wilson works as a prostitute. She has a friend by the name of Agnes Lynn, once a call girl herself. When Rachel's dead body washes up on the beach, it's not something Agnes can ignore. This sort of plot might be run of the mill thriller fodder in a lesser writer's hands, but Stella makes the words sing. And the written punches the man throws, I'm telling, each and everyone is a knockout. If you're not already reading Charlie Stella's books, now would be the time to get on board. If you already know the man's work but have yet to read this one, well, what are you waiting for?
A nice detour for Stella May 25, 2008
Mafiya stands out in the Stella canon as a detour away from Italian Americans in New York in to the Russian mob in New York (wouldn't want to detour too much in one book, would we?)
The story revolves around a woman who washes up on a beach and her hooker friend who aims to avenge her. There is a wacky array of zany characters including a Saudi arms dealer, a Russian detective who appears unstoppable, numerous crooked cops, and the usual assortment of local characters speaking Stella's wonderful underworld argot.
As I said in a previous review, if you Like Leonard or Westlake, you're going to love Stella. These are not serious works, but they are highly entertaining and very well plotted and fast paced.
Make sure you read them in order. Numerous spoilers abound if you read out of order.
Charlie Stella has done it again...only better Apr 30, 2008
I must say that I am a huge fan of Charlie Stella's writing. I own all of his novels. Mafya shows just how much Charlie has developed as an author. His masterly developement of characters, makes you feel as though you are inside their skin. Great job Charlie Stella! Waiting...not so patiently, for the next one
More hard edged than previous novels Apr 21, 2008
As one who has purchased and enjoyed all the previous published novels by this writer, I found this one equals the others in quality as a quick read. The treatment of the subject is darker than his earlier work. The characters are believable, pace relentless and plot tight. Book is recommended.
Mafiya . . . you'll love it! Mar 18, 2008
Bravo, Charlie Stella! As quoted by a previous reviewer, this author's work just keeps getting better and better.
Mafiya is one of those books that grabs you from the first paragraph and holds your attention through to the end.
The female protagonist, Agnes Lynn, is interesting, gutsy and one of several characters you want to get to know better. Not surprisingly, I couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happens next to Agnes Lynn and the other characters. Stella is a great storyteller and when you read this book, you won't be disappointed.