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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Starlight Club 15: Payback is a Bitch by Joe Corso will appeal to readers who enjoy thrillers with complex characters and crime fiction involving mobsters. When Red Fortunato learns about the threat to a Senator's daughter, he asks Nicky Bell to protect her. Nicky had no boss and had been tired of working alone until he found a family in Red. When the man after the Senator's daughter orders Nicky's murder, the wrong person gets killed by his men. Now Nicky knows someone is out to get him and he won't wait for them to find him. He will kill them before they have the chance to get closer. Red also learns that the Feds are out to get him and he doesn't know why, so he goes into hiding in Sicily. But can he unravel the plot against him and can Nicky protect himself and the Senator's daughter from a ruthless enemy?
Starlight Club 15: Payback is a Bitch by Joe Corso starts at a slow pace and gains momentum as the plot moves ahead. It is an exceptional journey filled with heat and grim humor, and the author does a wonderful job of creating the perfect portrait of a mob boss in Red. The characters are fully drawn; most of them are fighters and men toughened by experience. The plot is twisty and filled with mystery. Readers follow a compelling businessman targeted by the feds and they don't know why. I kept on turning the pages, wanting to know what Nicky will do next. While the prose is not stellar, it is accessible and the author has the gift of writing clear scenes, bringing clarity to points of view and weaving details into the writing that readers will find interesting.