The Starlight Club 6: Double Seven by Joe Corso

51o+nSZh-UL__AA160_Bob is staying at his daughter Lynn’s house in Darien, Connecticut, as bad weather has prevented his return home. At times like these Lynn likes to take advantage of the opportunity to ask her father for some more stories from the famous Starlight Club…

Looking back over the years, Bob decides to tell her about a time when Joey Bones, Bull and Richie swapped the Crown Victoria for a Caddy convertible and drove to Vegas on business for Red. The drive as it turns out was to prove very eventful when Joey decided to pop in and see his sister JoAnne, in Bonner Springs. However, he is none too pleased to discover that her boyfriend, has beaten her up.

When they arrive at her house and confront Brian O’Rourke, the boyfriend, they discover not only is he a thug, he’s also a drug dealer. With the thumbs up from the boss they sort out the situation, however, the results of their actions brings about an interesting chain of events.

Big Red knows that getting what you want and making people bend to your will does not necessarily have to be achieved by actual violence, after all when you are that famous, the suggestion is often enough. He also knows that looking after the little guys is important, they will owe you for life, and do whatever is needed, when the time come for you to call in the favor.

With Trenchie happily married, and romance in the air, Red realises that something is missing in his own life, he can have any girl he wants but he wants a wife, and there is only one lady who will fit the bill, Iris, but will she want him? There’s only one way to find out…

For Starlight Club fans, these tales are a wonderful insight into the dark underworld of mobster life in New York, where life is cheap, and there’s no time for regrets. This book, like others in the series is studded with big names with shady pasts, and gives credence to the clever façade the Starlight Club, and others like it provide.

Another great story from award winning author Joe Corso!

About the Author:

Joe Corso
 
I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 24 books (so far).Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.
About Starlight Club 6: Problems keep occurring that prevent Big Red Fortunato from leaving Queens. His enemies know he would like to settle in Vegas and they look forward to taking over his action the moment he leaves. Red has one profitable Vegas casino, the Double Seven. His second casino Nell’s Silver Spur is being renovated. Richie Fingers the best card and dice spotter in the world and some of Reds men are driving to Vegas to protect his interests there. Since the men are driving through Kansas, Joey Bones decides to visit his sister. So what can possibly go wrong by him stopping to see her?Trenchie’s happy marriage doesn’t go unnoticed by Big Red and he would like to settle down with a good woman. But in order to do that he has to find a woman who would take him for what he is…a difficult choice for any woman to make.Swifty is the middleweight champion of the world and he’s scheduled to fight the one fighter who’s style he just can’t seem to figure out. Those close to him wonder if he will hold on to his championship belt or will Slick Parker the ex-champ win it back from him?.

 

The Starlight Club 6 is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Club-Double-Seven-ebook/dp/B00XIITKZC/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1432716480&sr=8-1&keywords=starlight+club+6

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Club-Double-Seven/dp/1511995947/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432716480

 

Engine 24: Fire Stories 3 by Joe Corso

Wonderful compulsive reading.

FIRE STORIES 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: The final book in the Engine 24 Fire Stories trilogy focuses on the more turbulent times that firefighters had to endure in New York City during the years 1963 to 1975.
In this book, the era of Kennedy’s assassination, race riots, and looting are related through the eyes of a NYC firefighter. Joe Corso describes where he was and what the reactions of the firemen and officers were the day that President Kennedy was killed.
The author describes what it felt like to be detailed to La Casa Grande – “The Big House.”
Engine 82 was one of the busiest fire companies in the world during the race riots of the 60s. It was located in the Fort Apache section of the Bronx – and the tenseness of always having to be on guard in a hostile environment in which those men had to work is shared in gritty detail.
Corso writes of how one good firefighter lost and then regained his nerve; he writes of fires long forgotten and how, over the last 50 years, our moral codes have changed, especially pertaining to one fire that happened many years ago on Bedford Street in the West Village.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 13 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series.
I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’.
AWARDS
THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’. In 2013 the book won HONORABLE MENTION in the ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
My short story ‘FIRE: BOX 598’ won the BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION category’.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could write a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

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I have loved reading the previous Engine 24 Fire Stories series of books and couldn’t wait to start this one. The author Joe Corso is a retired New York fire fighter and his memories of the different incidents he has attended over the years as part of the Engine 24 crew are compulsive reading.

As Joe tells his stories, he sets the scene beautifully, taking the reader with him through memory lane deep into blazing buildings and dangerous situations. In this book, we stand alongside him as he watches the looting and race riots of yester years, and discovers some of the mysterious and secret places, which exists below New York City. Through one of the stories we are reminded how much morals have changed in current years and, wait by the phone with him, years later, as with bated breath, he hears the fate of his old company in 9/11.

Reading these books you quickly discover that to be a fire fighter, you not only have to be incredibly brave, you also have to have absolute faith in your comrades and know you can trust fellow crew members literally with your life. These men form deep bonds of friendships, which often last a lifetime and become a family, close, and supportive of each other.

Telling a good story is an art, and to be able to write that story as well is a real gift, the author Joe Corso definitely talented beyond words.

Available from: Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Engine-24-Fire-Stories-3-ebook/dp/B00I9GEJO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392115950&sr=8-1&keywords=engine+24+fire+stories+3