Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline
480 pages, Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Italy
Taken from Goodreads: Franco Fiorvante is a handsome lemon-grower who has toiled for years on the estate of boss Baron Zito. Franco dreams of owning his own lemon grove, but the rigid class system of Sicily thwarts his ambitions. Determined to secure a prosperous future, Franco will do anything to prove his loyalty to the Baron. But when Baron Zito asks him to arrange the kidnapping of a little boy, Franco crosses the point of no return, setting in motion the making of the world’s first Mafia family.
Gaetano Catalano is an idealistic young lawyer, whose devotion for justice is a calling. Gaetano is a member of the Beati Paoli, a real-life secret society of aristocrats who investigate crime, since corruption riddles Palermo. Gaetano and the Beati Paoli set out to find the boy and bring him home, but for Gaetano, the mission turns to obsession. He risks everything to right the wrong and bring justice to his beloved city.
The kidnapped boy, Dante, grows up in a madhouse without even knowing his last name. He doubts his own sanity until he meets Lucia, a girl with a tragic past of her own. They fall in love, then set out to find Dante’s kidnapper and learn his true identity.
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Meet Lisa Scottoline (taken from her website): Lisa Scottoline is a #1 Bestselling Author, The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 35 novels, including her latest work, Loyalty.
She also writes a weekly column with her
Serritella titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life
from a woman’s perspective. After running in the Philadelphia Inquirer for
fifteen years, Chick Wit is now available online. These
stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been
collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous
memoirs including their most recent, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored
Glasses, and earlier books, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The
Pool; I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places; Does This
Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at
Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; My
Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third
Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV.
Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction,
and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The
Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has
served as president of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she
developed, “Justice and Fiction” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School,
her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much-sought-after speaker at library and
corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is
published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an
array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.