BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston's own Marc Zappulla shines a light on the darkness that has cloaked the seedy underbelly of the waterfront in his hometown for decades with his first novel, The Last Longshoreman.
Zappulla offers a unique and authentic take when depicting the city's felonious nature, distinctive language and multi-cultural aura, and he did it all while using the docks has his principal platform.
Fellow Bostonian crime writer, and bestselling author Dennis Lehane has been capturing the essence of his beloved town for years with works such as Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone and Moonlight Mile. When asked to comment on Lehane's success, Zappulla said, "No one does it better…and he's had a profound effect on me."
The result has taken us here: The Last Longshoreman tells the story of Tony Costa, a life-long criminal who grew up in 1940s East Boston running illicit errands for his mob-connected uncle. Beginning work as a longshoreman on the Boston waterfront at just eighteen, Tony befriends Butchie Shea, a stone-cold killer from "Southie." Together they embark on a crime spree that chills Boston to its core and culminates in the largest waterfront heist in U.S. history.
Through it all, Tony valiantly tries to get on a more righteous path. But his rough and tumble upbringing and Mafioso-entrenched environment makes this dream all but impossible.
Along with Tony's struggles, the book details the crime and corruption that ruled Boston's docks in the pre-Whitey Bulger days. Bribes, kickbacks and wholesale theft were common, as were mayhem and murder. Not since the Marlon Brando classic "On The Waterfront" has there been such a detailed account of life – and death – inside one of the most powerful unions in the country.
"Zappulla's story takes you on an unexpected thrill-ride from beginning to end, and offers a rare and genuine portrayal of life on the Boston waterfront…" – Mike DiStasio, host of the groundbreaking podcast "Reel Talk with the Hollywood Kid."
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SOURCE True Emperor Publishing