Robert Leuci Odessa Beach

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Odessa Beach

 
9780006173946: Odessa Beach

Rows, renewals, heartbreaks, and happiness in the life of a young woman who has weathered the end of an ill-fated marriage.   Everything rings true in Odessa Beach. You won't be bored. -- The New York Times Book Review

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ROBERT LEUCI is a former New York policeman whose experiences as an under cover detective during the Knapp Investigation of the seventies were told in Robert Daley's bestselling book, Prince of the City, and the movie made from it. Leuci subsequently has written several books of his own including All the Centurions, Captain Butterfly and Odessa Beach. He lives in Rhode Island, near Providence.

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Niki Zorakoff is the Prince of Pushkin Square, a Moscow black marketer who engages in crime simply because it is one of the only ways to make a good living in the Russian capital. The KGB are on to him, though, so he defects to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (dubbed Odessa Beach because so many Russian emigres have settled there), where he enlists the loan-sharking aid of the Mafia in opening his dream nightclub, Moscow Nights. When some of his Mafia connections backfire, and it seems his life is in danger, he goes to top don Paul Malatesta with information he has gleaned from an old friend in Rome about an informant who's getting ready to bust major segments of the Cosa Nostra. Niki's in it over his head, however, and he soon learns that the games he played in Moscow aren't the ones he can play in New York. Leuci (Doyle's Disciples) has a strong, spare style, but this story is superficial in plot and character development, and the Russian-Italian alliances and antagonisms are never compellingly drawn. November
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 272 pages. A Russian and the American mob make strange bedfellows in a brilliantly plotted masterpiece of cross-cultural criminality. The book is set in Brighton (renamed Odessa) Beach, Brooklyn, where Nikolai Zoracoff has defected from Moscow -- not seeking political asylum but escape from the KGB. A charming hedonist and a criminal only because in Moscow luxury is bought by crime, Zoracoff's assimilation into America includes cowboy hats, Dolby stereo and a drug connection which, in New York, means an alliance with the Mafia -- and a game which is harder than Zoracoff can bear. The author is a former New York City undercover detective who draws upon his vast experience in law enforcement. He operated in a strange netherworld in which good guys play bad to catch the real criminals. Bookseller Inventory # 7314

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