‘Champagne and Cocaine’—’80s NYC

    Date: 05/09/2016

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Astoria Bookshop (31-29 31st St., Queens)

    Price: Free

    Plus reading with the author on this night will be
    TV Star Ilene Kristen & Star of Stage & Screen
    Maja Wampuszyc!!!

    CHAMPAGNE AND COCAINE:
    New York. Winter. 1980. Behind the glitter of the disco era, the city streets run wild. In countless secret spaces, high stakes poker games fuel an underground economy flush with cocaine, champagne, and call girls. Winners are on top of the world. But no one wins forever, and when aspiring novelist and inveterate card player Danny Ferraro goes “all in”—and then some—he winds up owing the mob big money. And when you owe the mob, you pay—or else. With nowhere to run, Danny is forced to commit unspeakable acts just to stay even. Richard Vetere’s gritty novel strips the gloss of the “Godfather” era and lays bare the gritty reality of the subversive blackmarket as Ferraro struggles to free himself of its grip. Vetere (The Third Miracle, The Writers Afterlife) delivers his most riveting work to date, with page-turning action and an insider’s view of a hidden culture.

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