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Eddie's World [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Stella
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Book Description

Eddie Senta has a problem, in this hard-boiled, fast-paced novel of crime. His attractive second wife, a highly successful marketing research executive who hears her biological clock loudly ticking, wants a baby. She also wants Eddie to clean up his act. Their marriage is going bad.

Nothing's going great for Eddie, in fact. His stints as a firecracker word processor in the legitimate business world dull him, and the kick he once got running for the mob has turned into mere efficiency. Maybe it's a midlife crisis, like his wife's unsympathetic therapist says.

Uneasy with the feeling that his world is daily shrinking, Eddie seizes the opportunity, when it presents itself, to make an easy score and at the same time to help out a friend. While Eddie by no means needs the five grand he'll make on the deal, he longs for the thrill--and the reinvigoration of his stale fortyish self--that a quick, uncomplicated robbery might bring.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 284 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I43RI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Molto Fantasico.....A Real Winner ! 16 May 2013
By Geoff
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The second of Mr Stella's books that I've read...and for a first Novel ...WoW ! I really felt I got to know and like Charlie...with many of the other characters extremely well drawn...it's one of few books in the Crime Genre I really cared what happened to Eddie and his family. Can't wait to get my teeth into more of Charlie Stella's Crime Works...believe me he's going to be one to look out for...who needs Dan Brown when you've the Real Mcoy in Signore Stella !
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4.0 out of 5 stars You want a mid-life crisis? 8 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting take on a middle aged gangster caught between the need to reform and a mid-life crisis. Good dialogue and enough realistic bad luck to make it believable.

J.R. Locke Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale & Down and Out in Manhattan

Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale (Tommy Gallagher)

Down & Out in Manhattan, a New York Tale
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie's World and Murphy's Law 30 Aug. 2002
By Mary Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So, what could go wrong when a wannabe decides to wind down his criminal career with one last heist? You got it -- everything. Eddie Senta, a part-time street guy and part-time word processor, finally decides to go legit after one last job, a simple heist -- a piece of cake, right? Wrong. Murphy's Law comes into play and Eddie finds himself embroiled in a triple homicide, an FBI manhunt and the daunting task of trying to prove his innocence while hunting down a ruthless killer. Who can't relate to a guy like Eddie -- he's like Job [biblical reference], but with an attitude. Momma mia! The book's plot is intriguing and unfolds nicely and Stella really does have a knack for dialogue (I noticed this mentioned in several of the other reviews). All in all, I thought the book was very entertaining -- interesting characters (wannabes, cops, gangsters and killers) and great story development. Fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tuff Stuff 4 May 2002
By lvkleydorff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At the center of this story is Eddie Sante, word processor by day and burglar by night. With his friend Tommy he sets up a sure fire thing that will yield 15?000 dollars. maybe a lot of gold and, if something goes wrong, a carload of computers. Something goes wrong, of course. James Singleton gets to money and gold first, and the computers are too hot to handle.
This book does not really have a plot, but rather a convoluted story line. The not so bad guys get killed off first. Some of the really bad ones survive to the end. Eddie is connected to the Italian mafia. Singleton is being helped by the Russian mafia. The FBI and the Federal Witness Protection Program enter the fray, as do two local detectives. Those two actually do little detecting; they just watch events roll by them. The FBI does not do much, either. But, of course, they know everything. How does an author get out of this mess? By having all participants meet for the last glorious shootout. Whatever is not clear by then, gets killed in the last pages.
An amusing book, but not a brain puzzler.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Dialogue Makes Eddie's World a Winner 14 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Eddie's World is the story of a man (Eddie Senta) on the fringes of two worlds: one legit and the other Organized Crime. Pressure is added when his wife wants to start a family. When the opportunity presents itself for a quick score, Eddie decides to go for the gusto and that's when the trouble begins. The "quick score" ends up getting Eddie implicated in a triple murder and puts Eddie and his family in extreme danger. The plot unwinds primarily through the author's (Charlie Stella) use of dialogue, and that's what makes this a fun read. If you like the works of Higgins or Leonard, you'll love the real dialogue that Stella uses to move the story along and define his characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Starred Review from KIRKUS 9 Jan. 2005
By a reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kirkus Review

Eddie Senta's world is out of whack and, as he'll be the first to tell you, he's got no one to blame but himself. It's all a matter of choices, see, and some of his recent ones have been about as sensible as picking a minefield for a Sunday stroll. But he's bored. He's been bickering with his much younger wife, second-guessing his performance as a father, shadowboxing with the problems he used to bang away at. Though he's good at his day job, word-processing, it's become his idea of blah, and since his night job, cat burglary, has grown almost as routine, Eddie, at 40-something, finds himself in the throes of midlife crisis. But that's no excuse for unmitigated dumbness, which is what you'd have to call the decision to go for a quick score when he needs neither the money nor the inevitable aggravation an inner voice instantly predicts. And does that voice ever have it nailed. Before Eddie can say second-story, he's the leading suspect in a triple murder. The cops are after him, his wife is leaving him, his boyhood friend (and current accomplice) is dead. Eddie's one last chance to set his madly tilting world to rights is to identify and catch up to the real killer-even though the perp is both connected and protected in ways you wouldn't believe. Fresh, fast, and darkly funny. A sure-footed debut from a writer with a spare, no-nonsense prose style who can make you like characters you think you shouldn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First in a series which gets more entertaining 26 May 2008
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all, if you're new to Charlie Stella, this is the place to start. His books overlaps loosely, and reading them out of order is going to cause you to read many spoilers you don't want.

Eddie's world shows a bit of roughness around the edges. As his works mature, he gets his timing down much better and becomes more adept at telling a fast paced story from multiple points of view.

That said, there is a lot to admire here. He sets up the dramatic tension between the protagonist and his wife quite well, and things just explode from there. The villains are amoral, the 'heroes' are ambiguous as hell, and the dilemmas they get themselves in are often tragi-comedic. As with later works, conflicts between various police agencies are rendered with a high sense of irony.

Stella will get a better ear for dialog as his career progresses, but his command of street patois is already ahead of the vast majority of his contemporaries. This is a very enjoyable read.
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