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Unknown-7Author Tony Morelli finished his book talk at the central library auditorium in Palermo, Sicily. He had noticed a man in the audience who looked familiar, but couldn’t place him. Afterward, he recognizes the man as a childhood friend, Todd Kenilworth. He confronts the man, who knocks him out and flees. Later, Tony researches the name at the hotel computer and finds that Todd Kenilworth, a Chicago attorney, had committed suicide while on a trip to Italy with his sister and niece. Tony returns home to Chicago and continues his search for the truth about Todd Kenilworth, which puts Pauline, a blues singer and his live-in girlfriend, in a car bombing intended for him. His quest to avenge Pauline’s fate and to find Todd Kenilworth draws him back to Italy. The mission leads him and the reader throughout a picturesque tour of Italy spiked with romance, espionage, peril, death, and a spine-tingling conclusion.


salcover129200Tony Morelli’s latest project, the biography of actor and multi-millionaire entrepreneur Sal DeVanno, thrusts him into a Hollywood world of fraud, forgery and murder. Author Tony Morelli’s agent, Mick, calls in the middle of the night. Their high school friend/Hollywood actor Sal DeVanno is dead. Mick suggests that Tony write Sal’s biography. Several obstacles challenge his decision: a beautiful girlfriend who threatens to leave him, Sal’s family’s protection of “the secret,” a PI investigating his will disappears, Sal’s suspicious “friends.” Tony’s choice propels him into danger, sex, and shocking revelations . . . inspired by a true story.


clowntown129200Clown Town is true story/social Chicago history of a baby boomer’s struggle with death phobia filtered through a child’s perspective. The title refers to an imaginary world created by the young protagonist, Pudgie, to pacify his younger friend’s curiosity about the real world of school. Pudgie’s real world, however, is a horrific world of indignity, humiliation, anger, and fear. Clown Town is a utopian world of fantasy for young boys growing up in a Chicago suburb during the 1950s. The Prologue establishes the adult first-person narrator in the present tense. He is forced to reminisce about his youth when the eminent death of his mother rekindles old fears and personality quirks that had haunted his life. His journey backward leads the reader to the death of a neighborhood man, the death of Pudgie’s grandfather, and the death of a schoolmate in a historic Chicago school fire of 1958. Pudgie also struggles with a volatile temper when teased about his crossed left eye. The temper threatens his existence in a “normal” school. Along the way, the narrative treats the reader to a nostalgic look at the 1950s (the music, the cars, the TV shows, the movies, the mores), a naïve child’s interpretation of sex, and an adult perspective of childhood adventures such as smoking, competing in sports, and participating in petty crime.

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