Gritty, Emotional, and Powerful

"...from start to finish. It's a novel filled with action, with twists and turns all the way through, designed to throw you off the scent but leading you neatly to a great conclusion. Nick Chiarkas has nailed the era perfectly..."

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"Beware the kitten in the shadows, for a lion follows."

The murder of an undercover cop in a New York City Housing Project in 1957 has unexpected ties to the unsolved disappearance of a young father walking home in those same Projects with his son, Angelo, on Christmas Eve 1951. The only witness to the cop killing is Angelo, now 13, as he was on his way to set fire to a grocery store at 2:00 am. The killers saw him. These events forge a union between a priest, a Mafia boss, a police detective, and Angelo, a gang member. In Weepers, we see that, if you drop a rock into the East River, the ripples will go all the way to Italy. In the end, Weepers shows us that the courage of the underdog—despite fear and moral ambiguity—will conquer intimidation.

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Praise for Nunzio’s Way-


“Writers are always told, “Write what you know.” Nick Chiarkas knows New York, organized crime, and how to write an engaging story. Nunzio’s Way is gritty and thoroughly gripping.” ~ John DeDakis, award-winning novelist, writing coach, manuscript editor, and former senior copy editor for CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

“Nick Chiarkas brings a great deal to the table for a novel like Nunzio’s Way: a tale which evokes in its own special way On the Waterfront and The Godfather, Nunzio’s Way is a fast pace and engrossing story based in New York City during 1960, when street gangs and organized crime had power that extended from the gutter to government. Chiarkas knows his stuff and it shows in this story of international intrigue and vengeance. There is a body count in Nunzio’s Way that a reader needs a scorecard in this driving narrative that never fails to entertain.” ~ Tony M. DeStefano, award-winning author of King of the Godfathers, The Deadly Don: Vito Genovese, Gotti’s Boys, The Big Heist, and Gangland New York.

NUNZIO'S WAY by NICK CHIARKAS ENDORSEMENTS “Nick Chiarkas’s eagerly awaited return to the mean streets of Lower Manhattan is even better than his award-winning “Weepers.” There is much to like and admire about “Nunzio’s Way,” including the first appearance of Heather Potter, which will endure as one of the great entrances in crime fiction. What a character! Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but “Nunzio’s Way” sizzles, and readers wouldn’t want it any other way.” ~ Doug Moe, journalist, and author of The Right Thing to Do: Kit Saunders Nordeen and The Rise of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin and Beyond.

“Nunzio’s Way is a triumph for author Nick Chiarkas, delivering a fast pace centered on likeable teen Angelo who has a troubled life, and mob boss Uncle Nunzio (a character with depth). The author delivers authentic 1960 New York as Nunzio helps his lawyer run for mayor, his action thwarted by the excellent character of Heather Potter, an assassin who infiltrates the family business. Superb, suspense-driven dialogue and deadly surprises create a delicious, mesmerizing cat-and-mouse mobster crime novel.” ~ Christine DeSmet, award-winning mystery novelist, writing coach, member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

“Nunzio’s Way flies like a ’61 Cadillac Fleetwood with no brakes, screaming down Catherine Street dragging the desperate and the dead in its bloody wake. Shakespearean in its pathos, Chiarkas’ writing is a gleaming shiv in the reader’s ribs, twisted with love, revenge, murder and lust. With Nunzio’s Way, Nick Chiarkas is the Elmore Leonard of New York crime fiction.” ~ Barry Wightman, award-winning author of Pepperland, and president of Wisconsin Writers Association.

“Nick Chiarkas knows of what he speaks. He ran the streets of New York City as a child and patrolled them as a cop. His characters are rich and gritty, informed by family, life, and unspoken codes. Just as in a great film, when you read Nick’s work, you feel like you are in the scene. Scenes of blood, sorrow, and beauty that haunt you long after you put down the book.”~ John Roach, author of the screen play for David Lynch’s movie, The Straight Story; Author of Way Out Here in the Middle; columnist for Madison Magazine.

Published by Henschel Haus 

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