My book concerns crime as a platform of business. Unlike most crime figures that are held in awe because of fear, Castella is held in awe because of his business acumen and his ability to make money.
I believe that my personal knowledge and experience with the history, neighborhoods, and restaurants of Brooklyn, New York, contribute greatly to the realistic atmosphere of this novel.
is a pen name. The author was born in Brooklyn, New York, into an
Italian-American family in the first half of the 20th century.
He has never
been involved in any criminal activities, has no criminal record, and has not
consorted with any criminals (that he knows of). He lives in Brooklyn, New
York, with his wife. He has been writing fiction for about 10 years, and many
of his works have been published.
The Brooklyn Iceman is the first novel published by the author. He is currently working on two additional novels at this time.
Although this is a work of fiction, many of the characters are historically correct (such as Jimmy Walker, Fiorella LaGuardia, Gino Morelli, and Al Capone). The author is familiar with many of the neighborhoods of Brooklyn that he writes about, having lived in some of them as he was growing up.
He is also familiar with the restaurants included in the book, such as Lundy's, Gage and Tollner's, Angelo's of Mulberry Street, and Joe's of Avenue U.