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The Fall of South Bridge: Fifth Year Anniversary Editon Paperback – December 25, 2014
In 2009, The Fall of South Bridge became a cult classic for organized crime enthusiasts, as well as citizens of upstate New York, who enjoyed reading about a city that sat very close to home. Five years later, Jimmy Badavino celebrates the anniversary of his first novel and two-time local best seller with a second edition release that offers reviews, pages for readers to take notes, and a crime family ‘tree’ for fans to follow along with.
An organized crime novel based on actual events, The Fall of South Bridge tells the saga of the powerful Carelli crime family of upstate New York. Molded after the ‘ndrangheta, the mafia in Calbria, Italy, the empire had gone undetected by major law enforcement for over sixty years until the late 80's, when DEA chief Rick Mackenzie starts laying the groundwork to dismantle the family and its number one source of income, cocaine. While lead family enforcer Donnie Carelli is pondering retirement, his uncle and newly anointed boss, Rocco Denoboli, is thinking survival, and starts planning a restructuring of the family hierarchy. As the wheels of treachery begin to turn, Donnie's eldest nephew joins Rocco with an ambiguous agenda that could destroy the clan, and perhaps the entire city.
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The Fall of South Bridge-2009
An organized crime novel inspired by actual events in Troy, NY, The Fall of South Bridge tells of the intricate and dynamic relationship that develops between young mafia apprentice Johnny Bellini and his larger than life uncle, Donnie Carelli, who sits near the helm of the Denoboli crime family of upstate New York.
It is the late 1980's, and the Denoboli's are at their pinnacle of power when they are blind sided by the force of wily DEA agent Rick Mackenzie and his quest to take out the family and their main source of income, cocaine. His first target is Donnie Carelli, whom, with the help of an informant, he sets up for a futile, yet punishing, city alleyway ambush. While questioning his longevity, Donnie reconnects with his sister, brother in law, and three nephews, the oldest of which, Johnny, a high school junior, is realizing that his relatives control a criminal empire that has operated for over fifty years. When Donnie starts pondering retirement, he finds that his boss and uncle, Rocco Denoboli, is plotting a move against him. As the wheels of treachery begin to turn, college freshman Johnny joins the family, and carries a secret agenda that could destroy the Denoboli's and rock the foundation of the entire city. Will he be evasive enough to carry out his ambiguous orders and save his uncle Donnie before it's too late?