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Thomas & Mercer, Oct 16, 2012 - Fiction - 419 pages
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Jack Schiavone wants to rebuild his life after an embezzlement scandal saw him drummed out of his high-paying advertising job. So he's reinvented himself as "Mr. Mattress," a discount bedding franchisee in Ebbets Beach, Brooklyn. Running a mattress store is a nice, quiet life--until Jack gets sucked into a simmering mob war that pits an ambitious Russian crime boss against a softening Italian don.

Soon everyone is "going to the mattresses."

Jack falls for the don's gorgeous black-sheep daughter, a legal aid attorney, making him the target of a jealous wise guy/lounge singer who's fixated on her too. And his new store manager--the don's gentle, stamp collecting, cottage cheese-eating former consigliere--proves as good at selling mattresses as he was at cooking the books for the mob. Then the Russians put on a show of force, and the don's only recourse is to call on the world's worst hit man: a mild-mannered chiropractor with an innovative killing technique.

When the smoke clears, who will be the don of Ebbets Beach?

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Bob Garfield is a columnist, broadcaster, and author. He is cohost of On the Media, a Peabody Award-winning weekly newsmagazine produced by WNYC and distributed by NPR. He is also cohost of the insanely popular Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, a weekly conversation about language. An inveterate journalist, he is a columnist for both MediaPost and the Guardian and the author of three previous nonfiction books. Another book, Can't Buy Me Like, will be published in March 2013 by Penguin Portfolio. Garfield lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his film-producer wife, Milena Trobozic Garfield, and youngest daughter. He can barely locate Brooklyn on a map.

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