Tuesday, October 21, 2014
18. Adrano/For Hire 1 - The Corsican Cross by Michael Bradley
The front cover of this striving for respectability men's adventure novel is a bit of a mess with a photo, an illustration and way too many typefaces. The back cover, however, is awesome. Two dudes in a Greek diner smoking! A guy reading a book! The guy reading the book is actually a significant moment. There definitely were several scenes of mafiosi eating, but I don't remember a particularly important one taking place in a restaurant.
It wasn't the back cover that attracted me to the book, but the idea of the young buck advancing his career by shaking up the boring old organization. I always enjoy corporate politics in crime and the added anti-establishment theme was icing on the cake. Adrano even makes a favourable metaphor with himself and the hippies in one section. It's clear the author is sympathetic to that movement as well. I was hoping Adrano's plan would be a bit more intelligent and complex. It was all a bit preposterous but not insanely so and the execution along the way was quite enjoyable.
Glorious Trash writes a much more thorough review here. He is much more critical of the protagonist and I don't have a strong argument against his position. I just personally didn't find him quite so arrogant.