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Pegasus Books, 2008 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Her name is Rachel. Married, divorced. Two kids, endless expenses, like those private school tuition bills. In New York City. It's not been easy, but Rachel's been making ends meet, barely, between her pimp and the escort service. And recently a Russian mobster with big bucks and bad ideas.
Some crimes cry for vengeance, like the one that washes Rachel Wilson up on a beach, her head bald, her body mutilated. It's a cry that Agnes Lynn, a hooker gone straight and Rachel's long-time friend, can't ignore. Steely and resourceful, with a determination impervious to fear, Agnes aims to settle scores with pimps and porn kings - and unwittingly, blindly, sets herself in the path the formidable mob boss Viktor Timkin.
Stalked by the Mafiya, pursued by the police - not least, a maverick Russian-born detective whose broken English hides an intelligence as cold as any among this countrymen on the other side of the law - Agnes can only run. Until she gets herself red leather boots, lipstick, a boning knife, and a plan.
What she doesn't plan on, though, are crooked cops, a Saudi weapons dealer, gangland assassins, a turf war, and redfella deviants. What she doesn't plan on could get her killed.

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User Review  - Melkor81205 - LibraryThing

A pretty cool crime novel, about an organized group of criminal Russians in Brooklyn, a hooker who falls into their web, and an old school Russian cop who goes after them. Pretty graphic, but well ... Read full review

Mafiya: A Novel of Crime

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Although his plot may be somewhat familiar, Stella (Shakedown) has crafted a true page-turner that grips the reader from the prolog and doesn't let go until the final page. Agnes Lynn is a former ... Read full review


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Charlie Stella's first novel drew favorable comparison with such masters of the crime novel as Mario Puzo and Elmore Leonard, and since then the critics have lauded his emergence as rising talent in the genre. Shakedown is his fifth novel. Charlie and his wife Ann Marie live in New Jersey.

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