RUDE BOY USA
Rude Boy USA Series Volume 1
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WINNER OF THE 2016 Readers’ Favorite BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION-DRAMA
WINNER OF THE 2016 PACIFIC BOOK AWARD FOR CRIME FICTION
Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime.
Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.
Operating as a shell investment company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.
Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group.
Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?
“Love, betrayal, friendships, and gang connections all simmer beneath the atmosphere of the 1960s in New York City, making for a riveting, highly recommended read especially recommended for fans of historical novels or mob stories.” – D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Rude Boy USA Series Volume 2
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John LeBlanc’s ready to end his lawbreaking ways, but he can’t escape the reach of the crime family he used to lead.
Victoria Bolton’s back with BunnyWine, the sequel to Rude Boy USA. Bolton revisits John and the murderous Chimera group as its members leave more bodies in their wake.
John, who creates a wine based off of Playboy Club Celia “Bunny” Jones’s rise to crescendo, moves to Jamaica and marries Bunny after their company becomes successful. He gives up his life as a mob boss to become a respectable businessman and market BunnyWine as Bunny adjusts to not getting the life of a gangster’s wife she was expecting.
John may be gone but he’s not forgotten, and ambitious criminal prosecutor Mario Pasquale, whose goal is to rid New York City of the mob, strikes a deal with jailed Chimera member Ben Berardi to let him out of jail in exchange for any information he can get on John. But when Ben falls into old and dangerous habits, the body count starts to rise.
Can John and Bunny escape the life they used to live?
“Victoria Bolton has this rare ability to make crime stories seem so real and convincing. The prose is beautiful and it mimics the reality of the world the author creates for her readers. The plot is as gripping as the characters, and it is interesting to see how John LeBlanc works through the dilemma in which he finds himself. The powerful plot points are highlighted by the masterful use of conflict which is developed at different layers of the plot and which makes it move even faster. BunnyWine by Victoria Bolton is a highly satisfying read and lovers of crime fiction and thrillers will be glued to it. Couldn’t put it down!” – Readers’ Favorite
The Tide is High
Rude Boy USA Series Volume 3
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In this third installment of Victoria Bolton’s Rude Boy USA series, we rejoin John and Bunny LeBlanc upon their return to his hometown of New York City, where John has big plans on the political scene. The Chimera group has been resurrected with John at its head, and the Dixon-Rhodos Foundation is alive and well.
However, among those who dare stand in the way of the infamous John LeBlanc and his friends is the prosecutor who tried John for murder and lost—Mario Pasquale. Mario, John’s opponent in the race to become mayor of New York, realizes the public has taken a shine to John—to an extent Mario hadn’t anticipated. In light of this disturbing development, Mario decides to fight a little dirty.
In a quietly engineered backroom deal, he enlists the help of up-and-coming journalist Paul Aaron, an ambitious man seeking to build his professional reputation on exposing the criminal underpinnings of the Chimera group. After all, who would want a former mobster for mayor?
Then again—crossing John could cost the duo much more than an election and a sensational news scoop. Is it worth the risk?