ISBN #: 978-1470101046
Page Count: 232
Copyright: March 6, 2012
(Taken from back cover)
Locals in a small southern coastal village come to fear Donato De Luca, the stranger who has settled among them, whom they wrongly surmise to be a Mafia don. Donato, a bar owner from Newark, on the run, falsely accused of stealing money from the mob, uses his new-found evil identity as a force for good, combating hatred, bigotry, superstition, and finally confronting the mob boss who has arrived to kill him. Donato's journey reveals that some men are born wicked, some men achieve wickedness, and some men have wickedness thrust upon them.
When Donato De Luca caters a dinner at a known Mafia house, he is accused of stealing from the mob. He takes his family and goes on the run, eventually settling in South Carolina. Local gossip soon has him figured for a Mafia Don, and he uses the assumptions to earn respect, and ultimately, his safety. Interwoven in the Mafia plot are issues synonymous with the 1950's south; racism and segregation, witchcraft, and the KKK, as well as controversial topics in the 50's, such as unwed pregnancy and homosexuality. With sympathetic characters, beautifully depicted scenery, and a gift for writing, this is a 5-star book.
I read this from cover to cover in one evening. It is quickly and totally engaging, and while it deals with some sensitive subjects, Mr. Tirondola handles them effortlessly and with tremendous grace. The De Luca family is delightful and family friend, Israel, a story in and of himself. I actually hated to see the end come, as I fell in love with these people. The Accidental Don was a surprisingly great story by a very talented writer. Mr. Tirondola, I want more!!
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.