organized crime -- fiction

The Plan

By Stephen Cannell

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In the aftermath of his son's death and a divorce, TV reporter Ryan Bolt agrees to film a documentary about a lesser-known presidential candidate and uncovers mafia connections.

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The Flaming Luau of Death

By Jerrilyn Farmer

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When Madeline Bean throws the hippest bachelorette luau ever--with a suspiciously laid-back beach boy, a murderer in their midst, and a freaking volcano eruption--it looks like anything but happily ever after.

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Mangrove Squeeze

By Laurence Shames

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"Key West seduces people -- then asks them to leave in the morning. Take Aaron Katz. He shucked his nine-to-five to restore Mangrove Arms, a rotting wreck of a guest house. Suki Sperakis sees opportunity in Florida, too. In the meantime, she's peddling ad space for a third-rate freebie paper. Then she stumbles upon a nefarious plot revolving around a handsome Russian and his string of T-shirt shops. Can't a guy manufacture plutonium in peace? Now, with the Russian mafia on her trail, freewheeling Suki is running for her life -- and right into the safety of Aaron's Mangrove Arms. As dead bodies sully the Key West scenery, a secret society of killers puts the squeeze on Suki and Aaron -- and conspires to turn an island paradise into a tropical death-trap... ."

On audio cassettes.

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A Darkening Stain

By Robert Wilson

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When school girls begin to disappear on the West African coast, "troubleshooter" Bruce Medway tries to remain detached. Meanwhile, he reluctantly acquires a new job from former nemesis and mafia capo Franconelli. Franconelli gives Bruce forty-eight hours to find a French trader, Mariner, whom not even the mafia has been able to track.

Yet as Bruce sets out on his assignment, he is unable to remain disconnected from the mysterious school girl disappearances, and finds that girls, gold, and greed are all interconnected; corruption abounds everywhere. There are no safe havens for Bruce in this situation, and he must devise a scam that risks everything in order to stay alive.

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The Last High Ground

By Robin A. White

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I know why our aircraft are going down reads the cryptic note left by a disgraced employee of America's leading aircraft manufacturer. But for the passengers and crew of Flight 262, a brand-new aircraft, it comes too late. The worst aviation disaster in U.S. history is about to take place.

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Deceptions

By Michael Weaver

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What happens when a clandestine, violent crime, born of a perversity no law can reach, is ordered at the highest levels of the United States government -- and, by an unforeseen twist of luck, the crime is never carried out?
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Bloody Ten

By William Love

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Paraplegic Bishop Francis X. Regan and Davey Goldman, a Jewish cop-turned-private eye, team up once again to solve the murder of a mob-connected theater promoter, who, in deep with loan sharks, had been trying to muscle his way into his father's fortune.
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Forced Out

By Stephen Frey

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"Sarasota, Florida: forced to retire from his job as a scout for the New York Yankees, Jack Barrett is just getting by in a small Florida town when his daughter drags him to watch the local minor-league team play. It's a night that will change his life. Jack spots a remarkable player named Mikey Clemant, a kid whose amazing natural skill on the field is overshadowed by his bad attitude and solitary habits. In Clemant, Jack thinks he might have found his ticket back to the big time. But the young man has a secret that will put all of Jack's plans -- and maybe even his life -- in jeopardy.

"Queens, New York: Johnny Bondano is the premier hit man for the Lucchesi crime family. Ruthless and cold-blooded but with a strict moral code, Johnny is given instructions to find and kill a man who took the life of a crime boss's only grandson. He suspects the family isn't telling him everything about his latest assignment, but to question his orders is tantamount to suicide. As these three men's destinies converge, loyalties are tested and dreams collide with violent and unpredictable results."

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Playland

By John Gregory Dunne

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From Hollywood in the 1940s to America in the 1990s, this novel details fame and its excesses, honor and personal betrayal, and a search for what may or may not be the truth. A screenwriter, Jack Broderick, stumbles upon Blue Tyler, the legendary former child star, and searches for answers to questions unasked for decades.
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Get Shorty

By Elmore Leonard

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When his client skips town without paying, mobster and loan shark Chili Palmer follows him to Hollywood where he learns that his experience as a crook will more than help him make it in the corrupt movie business.

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