Jim Fusilli's new novel takes place in the years surrounding World War II in the dangerous immigrant neighborhood of Narrows Gate, overlooking the Hudson River, where anything can happen -- and it usually does. Sal Benno is a neighborhood kid who doesn't take to school but is able to provide the favors the Mafia needs, a skill that brings him into their inner circle and closer to ultimate danger. His lifelong friend Leo Bell sticks by Sal through thick and thin, but harbors a dangerous secret that could either keep Sal alive -- or bring his life to an abrupt end. In the middle of it is Billy “Bebe” Marsala, a hugely popular and handsome crooner who becomes a pawn in a mob war that could destroy them all. A novel that rekindles the spirit of such groundbreaking works as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" and Budd Schulberg's "On the Waterfront", "Narrows Gate" is a powerful, epic saga that captures the heart of the immigrant experience -- and the soul of America.
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