(From the publisher):
A simple tale of three brothers trapped in poverty and in the sweltering heat of the postwar summer of '46.
The Carboni brothers are known to everyone in their neighborhood:
Victor is a sweet, 28-year-old giant who drives a battered ice truck through Manhattan's West Side slums. Victor isn't the best-looking or brightest guy in Hell's Kitchen, but as the iceman, he's a welcome and familiar figure.
Cosmo is a small-time hustler and con man who prides himself on his wit and his appeal to the ladies. Most days he can be found perched on a peach crate, pretending to be a blind disabled veteran.
Lenny is the oldest and handsomest of the Carboni boys, but certainly not the happiest. He hasn't been himself since he returned home from the war. his leg injury has given him a permanent limp and his war experiences have left him bitter and curiously disconnected from life around him.
A midsummer night's brawl in Mickey's Bar dramatically changes the lives of the Carboni brothers. After winning an arm-wrestling battle with the infamous Frankie the Thumper, the neighborhood's dirtiest fighter, the sweet-tempered Victor goes berserk when Cosmo is menaced with a knife. Victor's unexpected metamorphosis from iceman to fighting machine gives Cosmo an idea that will transform the Carboni brothers from losers into winners: Victor will wrestle at a local club, ironically called Paradise Alley. Manages by Lenny, trained by Cosmo, Victor becomes known as "Kid Salami," the undisputed champ of Paradise Alley.
Original title: Paradise Alley
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Urban / Big City Life