It's Prohibition. It's Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn't fit in. Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose. Jersey finds himself running from a band of crooked cops, hiding an escaped convict in the Ink Well, and reuniting with his grammar school crush--the now sultry Myra Banks, who has shed a club foot and become a speakeasy siren. Through it all, Jersey tries to safeguard the Ink Well with no help other than his ragtag group of friends: his ex-boxing-champion father, Ernie Leo; the street-savvy Johalis; a dim-witted dockworker named Homer; and the dubious palm reader Madame Curio. With them, Jersey digs for the truth about his friend Aaron Garvey--and winds up discovering a few things about himself.
About the Author
John Florio is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in print, on the web, and on television. He is the author of Sugar Pop Moon and Blind Moon Alley--the first two Jersey Leo crime novels--and One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Ouisie Shapiro. Visit him at johnfloriowriter.com.
Praise for Sugar Pop Moon:
"Don't miss this absolutely riveting, gritty debut coming-of-age tale. Absorbing and briskly paced." -Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"This is a hard-boiled, Prohibition-era novel and Jersey Leo is a well-developed, engaging character...." -Booklist
"The brisk story and its unusual hero pack a considerable punch." -Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced tale where you never know what's coming next.... One of those good, old prohibition-style mob stories that brings a tear to the eye and a laugh out loud.... Readers will definitely hope [for] more Jersey Leo stories." - Suspense Magazine