December 25, 2016:
Merry Christmas to all!
Blogging back-to-back holidays speaks to the fact that it’s a busy life for me, but a wonderful life, no pun intended. Especially on this day, this wonderful occasion, when I get to spend time with the people who mean the most to me, and knowing a great many other I care about are doing the same…it’s special.
Christmas also signals the end of the year is near, and represents a time to reflect for many. I know I do. And it’s been a great year. The Last Longshoreman has attracted many, and the readers’ feedback has been profoundly positive, marked by several entries on Amazon and Kindle.
And there are more signings on the way, one of which will take place at Angelina’s, a restaurant in Tewksbury, MA., where you’ll find the some of the best Italian food you’ll ever have the pleasure of tryiing. In fact, the establishment is currently featured on NESN, the New England Sports Network’s Network, in a commercial that airs during the Charlie Moore Outdoors show hosted by Charlie Moore, a.k.a. the Mad Fisherman.
Stay tuned for more details regarding this event.
For now, the grind continues for me, even on this holiday, as I conduct research for my next Boston crime novel, before I run out to see the family.
As for you, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be safe and God bless.
November 24, 2016:
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
My mother always told me, “your health is your wealth.” All the success in the world will mean little if you are not able to enjoy it. So, be good to yourself, but be good to others as well, and be thankful for all you have in this life.
Have a wonderful holiday!
November 17, 2016:
I guess it’s a been a while since I last posted, but it’s also been quite a month-plus, wouldn’t you agree? Our nation’s presidential race was an intolerable marathon filled with an epic sequence of head scratching, brain-stopping, unnerving moments, before it all culminated with a huge upset and, not surprisingly, a photo finish to determine its outcome.
But that’s not why I’ve been busy.
No, I had an epic event of my own and it began with the release of The Last Longshoreman on October 12, 2016. Eight days later I threw a raucous party in Boston’s North End and its been great ever since. The book is now showcased on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, BarnesAndNoble.com, and many more book-selling outlets.
I’ve hit the press on a couple of radio shows, one in Massachusetts and one in Vegas. People have noted that not since the Hollywood motion picture “On the Waterfront” has there been such a story, one that’s been told in such detail regarding the crime and corruption that ruled the docks for so many years. I must admit, having written a book that’s been mentioned along side an Academy Award winning film starring Marlon Brando is pretty surreal. Some reviewers have even compared my story to some of the brilliant works of another Boston author, Dennis Lehane, one of most accomplished writers you’ll ever come across, and a fella I look up to. Some of his books have been adapted into movies including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island just to name a few.
And that’s all I got.
I’m going to sit back and watch some NFL football tonight and enjoy my evening. Have a wonderful night.
October 8, 2016:
The exact time and date I’ll be appearing is TBA, but the show itself airs live every Wednesday evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on DDV Radio. And believe me, these “guyz” keep their listeners entertained for the full two hours, so make sure you tune in!
In the meantime I’ll be prepping for the book’s launch party by finalizing the more ancillary details involved in party planning including the guest list, dining options and staff. The celebration kicks off in less than two weeks in Boston, MA, and we’re expecting a good crowd for the made up of my closest friends and family members, industry people and many more.
Have a fun and safe weekend, everyone!
October 1, 2016:
On October 20th, 2016, I’ll bring to you a history you may never have known existed.
For the better part of the twentieth century—in many major ports around the globe—the shipping industry was largely influenced by a criminal underbelly seldom known to the general public. Foreign and domestic organized crime outfits were all vying for a piece of every delivery coming in and going out. In Boston it was predominantly a combination of a two groups: the Irish mob and the Italian Mafia.
Although The Last Longshoreman is a fictional tale, the story offers a real lens into what life was like on the Boston waterfront over a forty-year period—“the golden age of longshoremen” as I like to call it. Bribes, kickbacks, threats, and acts of violence were some of the core elements that defined the culture on the pier, and to those who worked on the docks during such time, I salute you.
So, in part, this book is an ode to all longshoremen, past and present, as most outside the scope of the docks know little of the occupation, especially the backbreaking work that it entails. People should know the crane operators, forklift operators, mechanics, sweat gangs in the cargo “hole,” and the rest of the men and women working on the waterfront are the nuts and bolts of the shipping industry, and soon the rest of the world will recognize this.
The Last Longshoreman is coming, and soon I hope you’ll embrace the history as I have.