Black Widow: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 26, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The sensuality of Ellroy's L.A. Confidential meets the swagger of Top Gun in this riveting sequel to Mafia Summer, again based on true events from the author's life.

The extraordinary life of Vinny Vesta continues in this sexy, suspenseful follow-up to the unforgettable Mafia Summer, which New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins called "one of the best books on the Mafia I have ever read."

Late summer, 1957, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville. Seven years have passed since the events of Mafia Summer and Vesta, a dashing navy pilot in Fighter quadron 176, is living the bachelor life at an antebellum mansion he calls "The Snake Ranch." But when a torrid affair with his copilot's widow—the Hepburnesque Caitlin (Kat) Pennington—pulls him away from his beloved all-night revels, it pulls him, as well, back into the family business. Kat's father is the lawyer for the entire L.A. Mob syndicate, and he'd rather see his aspiring starlet daughter perched on the arm of Hollywood legend Victor Marino than holed up with some fighter pilot deep in the Florida bayou. Machinations to undo their relationship grow to involve the L.A., New York, and even Chicago Mobs. A gripping page-turner, Black Widow is at its heart a passionate and unlikely love story and an indelible portrait of an era.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
9
CHAPTER THREE
13
CHAPTER FOUR
19
CHAPTER FIVE
23
CHAPTER SIX
27
CHAPTER SEVEN
33
CHAPTER EIGHT
40
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
152
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
161
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
168
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
176
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
181
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
187
CHAPTER THIRTY
196
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
202

CHAPTER NINE
48
CHAPTER TEN
55
CHAPTER ELEVEN
63
CHAPTER TWELVE
69
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
75
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
81
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
90
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
97
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
104
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
110
CHAPTER NINETEEN
118
CHAPTER TWENTY
125
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
133
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
138
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
146
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
210
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
218
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
225
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
232
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
241
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
248
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
253
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
261
CHAPTER FORTY
269
CHAPTER FORTYONE
277
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
287
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
289
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
291
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E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a navy pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960-61. In 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling Television, where he served as executive producer and vice chairman. Vincent's credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His TV movies include the Emmy Award-winning Day One and And the Band Played On.

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