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The Kid Mobster
by michael j decicco   

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The story of a high school senior and dreamer who collides with a mobster and learns a big lesson in reality. He goes to work for the mobster and, in the end, must decide between the money he needs for college and the risks of escaping the corrupt world he has entered.


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Chapter 1
     A letter and a collision sparked my introduction to a mobster.
     The moment before receiving the letter was like a collision in itself as I stood in a waterfront warehouse smelling of fish, old dollar bills and engine grease, fighting back my dread of the reasons my after-school job would call me in earlier in the afternoon than usual.
     At first I had enjoyed getting there early. I liked the attention from having to change into my police-uniform-blue armored car services uniform and cap in the Bradshaw High School boys’ room, the looks as I walked down the corridor just after the last bell of the day. The different cliques at their lockers—-the tall, outdoor-smelling athletes, the boys trading strategies for solving algebra equations, and the giggling and gossip-trading girls in tight Levis and short skirts--all turned and gazed at me, almost with respect.
     At least none of them tried to make fun of me in my work clothes, and I liked how that felt.
     But twelve minutes later I cringed as the warehouse's vault room door banged open and the tall, grim-faced dispatcher handed me the devastating piece of paper that changed everything.
    “You are duly advised that you are now under probation for an accident two nights ago," the neatly-typed paragraph read. "It is the policy of ‘E-Z Armored Courier Services' that two accidents damaging our courier division automobiles will be cause for a driver's immediate termination."    
     "I knew this would happen!" friend and fellow courier Brian DeMec said, gazing over my shoulder.
    I closed my eyes against the vision of working forever in a damp dungeon like this if I lost the money source of my college-bound future.
     "Carson, it's all because of that thing you keep working on," he said.
    When I opened my eyes again, he was pointing to the overstuffed backpack at my feet and the stationery box holding my manuscript that peeked from it.
     I looked away behind him, to the rows of red, rust-eaten armored trucks dwarfing a row of small white courier cars.
     "You don't need distractions when you’ve got daily deadlines," he said. "You're in the bank delivery business not the publishing business. A car shows its dents the way a truck never does, and we drive their cars."
     "I don't let what I'm writing distract me," I said, though my voice was hoarse and I felt weak. "It isn't hurting a thing."
     "Carson, you could hang yourself someday on your minor distractions," he said.
     For a best friend, he never tried to understand about the manuscript.
     "The other night was just a fender bender, not a big accident," I said. "I'm fine." I slipped the letter into my back pocket. "I’ve got a courier route to start."
     Part of me, though, couldn't resist being more than a little nervous.
     As if I knew a second collision was coming.
     It came right at dusk—
     --when headlights grazed my windshield and with bang! scrape! shoved me to the curb, tossing manuscript pages and delivery receipts to the floor.
     Though dazed, I saw a flash of pink and chrome in my courier car’s rear view mirror.  With the vision of that warning letter still burning in my brain, I twisted the wheel and gave the white Ford Escort the gas, making the tires squeal and dirt fly as I u-turned in the street.
     My foot hard on the accelerator--as with one hand I adjusted the wire-rimmed glasses half off my face and the cap half off my head--I closed in on a faded-pink Fleetwood Brougham Cadillac heading fast down the barren stretch of road lit by dim street lights.


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The Kid Mobster
Michael J. DeCicco,

From: Guest Reviewer Paul Meleedy

Very enjoyable story. The author does a good job of "pulling you
into the story". Mederick, Gabe and Russell were very thoughtfully created
characters. After I finished reading . . . . I was wishing for more.

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Innocence Shattered,Insight Gained
Thomas Cirignano: My Review of The Kid Mobster by Michael J. DeCicco

Innocence is shattered within “The Kid Mobster,” an exposé of the true
underbelly of organized crime that teaches its young protagonist valuable life
lessons as it brings both the reality and brutality of the underworld into
clear focus.

High school senior Eddie Carson, Jr.'s adventures when he unwittingly goes to
work for a mobster to earn his money for college is a great example of how a
few unwise choices can set a person’s life on a destructive course of no
With the author’s subtle, yet, in-depth exposure of each
character’s psyche, I couldn’t help but feel for each of them, even the
bad ones. DeCicco’s novel left me wanting more: What becomes of Eddie
Carson? I want to know!

Because this story rings so true, it made me wonder; how did this author
acquire such a clear and precise understanding of how the underworld operates?
There must be more to Mr. DeCicco than meets the eye.

Thomas M. Cirignano – author of “ The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South
Boston Mechanic”, an autobiography and “67 Cents: Creation of a Killer”, a novel.


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Reader Reviews for "The Kid Mobster"

Reviewed by John Domino 9/17/2008
Sounds like what happened to some of my friends in Bk'lyn. I escaped and joined the US Air Force. I may buy this one. Tell me more.


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