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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Mafia Revenge: The Black Hand by John duVal is an exhilarating ride that combines murder, blackmail, and family drama to offer great entertainment to readers, a story that features very compelling characters and a gripping plot. When the mutilated body of a federal agent is found in Max Anders' Victorian mansion in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Max knows this is an attempt to blackmail him - and the sad news is that he knows who could be behind the blackmail. He has been subpoenaed to testify against the mafia kingpin, Adamo Gattuccio, and now Adamo is doing everything possible to implicate and make life difficult for Max. The DA and the feds will do everything to give Max witness protection, but things get complicated when a fourteen-year-old girl is head-over-heels in love with Max. The scene is set for drama, romance, and deadly machinations that will run over several years. Read on to see lives broken, hopes shattered, and a family in search of healing.
Mafia Revenge: The Black Hand is a book that is well-plotted and that features one of the most riveting family dramas I have read in years. John duVal is a terrific writer who integrates powerful themes into his writing without coming across as preachy or amateurish. I loved how he dealt with the themes of family, crime and revenge, murder and investigation, love and romance, and the quest for redemption. The characters are believable and they come alive in the story in a way that makes them memorable. John duVal’s writing is gripping and the narrative voice is as clear as it is compelling. This novel was a great read, the kind one would long to see developed into a movie.