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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tonino Benacquista Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781101619841
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The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycée. Or so it seems.

In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who’s been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI’s witness protection program. He’s got a two-million-dollar bounty on his head, but he and his family can’t help attracting attention. And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it’s Mafia mayhem.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Snappy writing and brisk pacing add up to a comic crime novel Elmore Leonard fans would relish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This action-comedy book is all good fun throughout…There are some very funny moments.”


  • “Savagely funny and surprisingly touching.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A queasily-comic, stylishly-executed romp.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A smart fish-out-of-water conceit…The story thrives on absurdities and coincidence, particularly in [one] virtuoso scene.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick in July 2013
  • A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist
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About the Author
Tonino Benacquista was born in France in 1961 to Italian immigrants. An acclaimed author of fiction, film scripts, and graphic novels, he won a César (the "French Oscar") in 2006 for the script of Jacques Audiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped. His novels in English include The Thursday Night Men, Framed, Someone Else, and Holy Smoke. Benacquista lives in France.
About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.