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Thy Father's Son

A Novel

Leo Rutman

St. Martin's Press

New York City, October 1962: The Cuban missile crisis threatens the world as a drug war consumes the mafia. Caught up in its midst is Davey Rossi, former lightweight champion and son of Mafia don Vince Rossi. As Davey trains for his comeback to regain the title, he learns of a secret kept by Vince and his brother Johnny--a betrayal that split the Rossi family and caused its tragic involvement in the long-buried wars between the Jewish and Italian gangsters of the 1920's and 30's.

The past and its deadly mystery force Davey to enter the violent life he has tried to avoid. He is pitted against ambitious, cunning Mafiosi steeped in guile and treachery. Davey searches for Dolly Irving, the reclusive stage star of the 1920's who knew the mobsters of that glamorous, roaring decade. And he falls in love with Julie Alpert, a beautiful tax attorney whose covert agenda threatens to bring down the Rossi family.

Told in a pitch-perfect voice, with a rich and varied cast, and set against the backdrop of the Kennedy brothers' vendetta against the Mafia, Thy Father's Son is a stunning novel of family loyalty, redemption, and the sins of the past that can only be expiated by vengeance.

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AUTUMN IS my favorite time of the year. It holds the promise of things to come. The days are warm and the nights cool. But there’s also something sad about autumn. You can see the summer slipping away, a seemingly endless string of days now gone. Stolen away by an unseen hand. Like a life: one day you wake up and you’re old.

But there is something else in the air in the autumn of 1962. If you were raised in the world I come from, you could smell it. It hangs there sharp and pungent, like a rancid piece of meat crawling with maggots. The smell of fear permeated the mob. After

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Praise for Thy Father's Son

"Rutman takes one part deceit, two parts treachery, sprinkles his brew with revenge and flavors with a touch of boxing..." --Bert Randolph Sugar, author of 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time and 100 Years of Boxing

"This is a corking good story, multi-layered and complex, of Mafia intrigue and treachery in New York City." --Albert Fried, author of The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster
"Rutman takes one part deceit, two parts treachery, sprinkles his brew with revenge and flavors with a touch of boxing..." --Bert Randolph Sugar, author of 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time and 100 Years of Boxing

"This is a corking good story, multi-layered and complex, of Mafia intrigue and treachery in New York City." --Albert Fried, author of The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Leo Rutman

  • Leo Rutman is the author of three previous novels, all set in New York City. He has written several critically acclaimed plays, and received playwriting awards from Columbia University and from Yale where he was a Joseph E. Levine Film Fellow. He was playwright in residence at Brandeis University and has been a member of the Playwrights Unit from the Actor's Studio. He is a lifelong New Yorker.
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Thy Father's Son

A Novel

Leo Rutman

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