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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle, Mafia and Monseigneurs
As the plot unfolds and the diverse protagonists gather for the kill you will only put this book down to buy another Benacquista
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by Kenneth J. Blackie

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3.0 out of 5 stars In a clash between the Vatican and the Mafia, who would you side?
This writer of Italian origin lives and works in France, and this novel, a darkly comic tale of iconoclasm is in its own way a search for his own roots. His protagonist Tonio, just like him, comes from claustrophobic rural Italy, where the reach of the Mafia is long, the young yearn to escape the mind-numbing monotony of daily existence, the Catholic church is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle, Mafia and Monseigneurs, 9 Jun 2006
This review is from: Holy Smoke (Paperback)
As the plot unfolds and the diverse protagonists gather for the kill you will only put this book down to buy another Benacquista
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, 22 Mar 2004
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A witty, satirical thriller, in which the main suspense is the humour, and just as for a good italian meal, you wish you had another Tonino Benacquista to look forward to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In a clash between the Vatican and the Mafia, who would you side?, 17 Mar 2009
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This writer of Italian origin lives and works in France, and this novel, a darkly comic tale of iconoclasm is in its own way a search for his own roots. His protagonist Tonio, just like him, comes from claustrophobic rural Italy, where the reach of the Mafia is long, the young yearn to escape the mind-numbing monotony of daily existence, the Catholic church is all-powerful, and superstition and selfishness cause generations-long feuds. Tonio write a letter for a low-level gigolo Dario and finds shortly thereafter that Dario is killed, he has inherited a vineyard in his old village, and people are gunning for him. He returns to the village to claim his inheritance, determines that its wine is undrinkable and is visited by the local Mafiosi who want him to give up the plot. The locals suddenly hate him with a passion and he sets up a scam that brings him to the attention of the Vatican. And the fun starts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect holiday read, 27 April 2012
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Cute, funny, clever novel about a second generation Italian immigrant living in Paris trying to run a scam back in rural Italy. Perfect for reading on holiday in Tuscany, making you look around for the suspicious characters in every shadow!
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