City of Dreams

Morrow. (City on Fire, Bk. 3). Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780062851239. $30. THRILLER
Winslow catapults readers into the underbelly of the Providence, RI, mob in his second entry in the “City” trilogy (following City on Fire). From Providence’s beach nicknamed “Dogtown by the Sea” to the promising sunny shores of San Diego, Danny Ryan is on the run. A few months before, the Ryan and Moretti families enjoyed mafia boss Pasco Ferri’s beach clambake; then a tantalizing woman named Pam caused a devastating gang war between the Italians and the Irish. Danny is an Irish mob soldier–turned–reluctant crime boss. Although he’d double-crossed the Italians, he left them alive; now that they’re after him, he regrets that decision. The feds also have a stake in Danny’s survival. Yes, he was a strong-arm and a killer, but he’s now a widower raising his two-year-old son Ian. Danny yearns to become a legitimate businessman, but he may not be able to escape the vise-grip of the criminal underworld.
VERDICT Winslow’s realistic mobster noir plunges readers into Danny’s vulnerable struggle to escape the criminal life he never wanted. An enticing, viscerally piercing version of the classic clash between sin and morality, compassion and brutality, and how love and family can either grace a life or jeopardize it.
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