In this thrilling novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra - the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Sleepers, Gangster, and Midnight Angels - organized crime goes to war with international terrorism in the name of one man’s quest for revenge.
My name is Vincent Marelli, though most people call me The Wolf. You’ve never met me, and if you’re lucky you never will. But in more ways than you could think of, I own you.
I run the biggest criminal operation in the world. We’re invisible but we’re everywhere. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however it is you spend your money, a piece of it lands in our pockets.
You would think that with that kind of power I would be invincible. You would be wrong. I made a mistake, one that a guy like me can never afford to make. I let my guard down. And because I did, my wife and daughters are gone. Murdered by terrorists with a lethal ax to grind.
That was my mistake.
But it was also theirs.
I wasn’t looking for a war with them. No one in my group was. But they’ve left me with nothing but a desire for revenge - so a war is what they’ll get. The full strength of international organized crime against every known terrorist group working today. Crime versus chaos.
We will protect our interests, and I will protect my son. We won’t get them all, but I will get my revenge, or I will die trying.
They will know my name.
They will feel my wrath.
They will fear The Wolf.
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The bad guys are actually the good guys
Lorenza Carcaterra is a reasonably good storyteller, no doubt and Keith Szarabajka does more than a decent job in reading 'the Wolf' to us. Regardless of that, I fervently disliked this book.
The story is pretty simple and straight forward. The Wolf is the head of international organized crime. When his wife and daughter gets killed by a terror attack on a plane, he declares war on terrorism by using all the resources available to him.
The story is not only incredibly naïve, but even dangerous, because in its distortion of reality it turns the members of he Camorra, Yakazu and Mafia into heroes. The author tries to tell us that organized crime is just another kind of corporate business and its action are actually characterized by a deep rooted sense of honor and code of conduct. OK, there is a little bit of murder, money laundering, prostitution and extortion going on, but how bad is this really in comparison to the Russian Mafia and Arab terrorism.
Towards the grandiose finale and the finale show down, the story becomes even more bizarre, police and criminals join forces to battle the really bad guys, the Russian Mafia.
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