It is no secret that numismatists are an interesting group of
people with enough stories to make Scheherazade blush. One
numismatist, known for his storytelling abilities recently became
an author. Arizona numismatist and American Numismatic Association
life member Sal Fusco recently published a novel called "The
Malandrini," the culmination of a life spent watching and listening
to the interesting world in which he grew up.
Fusco, a leading coin dealer since 1958 and a popular figure on
the convention circuit, put his experiences to paper and the result
is "The Malandrini," an ambitious novel that provides a unique tour
of the seamy underside of 1950s organized crime and the people it
ensnared. Fusco grew up in the Italian South Bronx during the 1940s
and 50s and witnessed many of the events depicted in this
"As a kid, I heard many stories of neighborhood mobsters, but
also about the big guys, like Frank Costello and 'Lucky' Luciano.
They were like local myths, and they were legendary," says Fusco.
These characters, who inspired awe and fear, permeateThe
Malandrini,including what these ruthless people did to each other
in their struggle to rise to the top. Fusco brings these long-lost
stories to life in the pages of this unique novel and propels the
reader to another place and time. The reader is transported to New
York in the 1920s and 1950s, as well as Germany during the 1930s.
Alternately funny and violent, "The Malandrini" introduces the
reader to fascinating characters who deal in violence and the
innocent people caught up in their maelstrom of evil.
The story revolves around Bull, a neighborhood tough who fights
for his place at the table while avoiding being drawn into the web
of evil spun by the local Mafia. Bull rises through the
underworld while struggling to maintain his identity and, more
importantly, his soul. At times Mafia tale, love story and fantasy,
"The Malandrini" lifts the veil on the underworld and brings the
reader along on a rollicking ride fraught with danger, suspense and
a few surprises along the way. The morés, attitudes and language of
the day are captured realistically to illuminate the underside of
the Italian South Bronx, warts and all, while introducing memorable
characters that the reader will not soon forget.
"The Malandrini" is available on Amazon.com in e-book format and
may be read on a Kindle, Nook, iPad or any computer. To
purchase a copy for $9.99, simply go to Amazon and search for "The
Malandrini" or "Salvatore Fusco" or
click here. Amazon will send the book electronically to the
device of your choice. If you have any questions or would like to
contact the author, email email@example.com.
If you are interested in stories of organized crime, "The
Malandrini" promises to delight.