Mafia Summer, by author E. Duke Vincent
Mafia Summer

It is the summer of 1950, and a heat wave has overtaken Manhattan. Two unlikely friends — 18-year-old Vinny Vesta, the tough Sicilian head of a street gang, and Sidney Butcher, a sickly whip-smart Jewish boy whose family has just moved in across the hall — find themselves caught in the crossfire of the war between the five Mafia families who rule New York.

Based on actual events, Mafia Summer brilliantly fictionalizes the pivotal moment in Mafia history when Vito Genovese attempted to undo Frank Costello and become leader of the Luciano family. At the heart of this classic tale of the Mob, replete with unforgettable characters, unpredictable plot twists and stunning betrayals, is the story of an extraordinary, life-changing friendship.