Today it’s my tun on the BlogTour Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski. An interesting story of loyalty, responsibility and culpability in this mob crime series.
Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.
About the book
When children grow up, the parents must die.
California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.
As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.
But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?
Cue the theme tune from the Godfather playing in the background.
The story starts with an assassination and ends with the same assassination. In between the reader discovers what made Mama Lagotti such an important target and how she built up a criminal empire she ruled with an iron fist.
This is the fourth book in The Lagotti Family series if you want to read more about this family of rogues. Each one of them take to crime like ducks to water. In the first three books Mary Lou’s rise to power is chronicled, as she establishes herself on the mob hierarchy. In this book her children are confronted with the slow deterioration of Mama Lagotti’s mental facilities and how it impacts their criminal dealings.
Weakness is the one thing that can make everything crumble around them. They can’t afford to be seen as vulnerable, inconsistent or weak in the eyes of the criminal elements they work hand in hand with. So her grown children have to protect her image by covering up any mistakes. It also forges the way for one of them to slide into the position of head of the family.
It’s mob crime with an iron fisted ruler, who expects loyalty and ruthlessness from the rest of her family. Borstinski asks a reasonable question, what do you do when the person in charge starts to lose control, due to an illness for instance. An interesting question of loyalty, responsibility and culpability given the political chaos in the United States at this moment in time. I wonder if the author thought of the correlation between the general premise and said chaos when he wrote the book? Hmm.
Buy Mama’s Gone (The Lagotti Family #4) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in eBook format by Sobriety Press on 18th March 2019. Buy at Amazon com.