By Victoria Bolton
Genre: Crime Fiction
Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime.
Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.
Operating as a shell investment company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.
Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group.
Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?
Rude Boy USA definitely has a good concept. I just feel the writing could've been tweaked a little. Many of the sentences in this book felt unnecessary. Also, many of them started with "He, They, She, Her" a lot. It felt very repetitive. I did like that each of the main characters did have their "own" personality.
Rude Boy USA has a great pace towards the last fifty pages, and it goes by in a blast. I wish that the characters weren't fully described at the beginning, it kinda threw off the feel of the book. Also it left little room for character development. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime fiction with a group of gangsters. Overall I would give Rude Boy USA three stars!
My name is Victoria Bolton and I live in Westchester County, New York. I am a graduate of the College of Westchester, and I work as a computer technician in schools and is a part-time actress. I previously released the book Looking for Mr. Potential under the pen name La’Ketta T. Bolton in 2000 as well as the sequel to Rude Boy Usa, BunnyWine. I am currently working on the third installment of the Rude Boy USA series.