“ The writing is brisk and the characters memorable . The story line moves nicely back and forth between the decades , showing how criminals and Boston itself has changed , as an aging mobster sets out to revenge the long-ago murder of a beloved sister .”
— Anthony Marro , retired editor of Newsday .
It ’ s not easy for single mom Patty Callahan , haunted by the knowledge that her estranged , elderly father is a third-generation criminal . His ties to Boston ’ s underworld lead him to suspect an old enemy in the cold-case murder of his sister . To Patty ’ s horror , she discovers that her mother has unwittingly agreed to play a part in her father ’ s plot for vengeance . The story swiftly unfolds — peppered with snarky humor and zany episodes that counterbalance the darkest moments — as Patty finds help in a retired police detective who ’ s a crime novelist . She ’ s soon on the way to discovering who her aunt ’ s killer truly is . But an alcoholic hit man , a murderous ex-con , a North End don and his not-so-wiseguy sons all stand in the way . Will Patty be able to intervene before her father acts , a vicious new gang muscles in , and blood from all sides is spilled ?