The Wolf

The Wolf

By: Lorenzo Carcaterra

The WolfA different sort of thriller, The Wolf was the perfect book to switch things up and spice up my weekend.  Lorenzo Carcaterra has delivered what I think of as the perfect thriller.  With a mob boss at the center, suffering a terrible loss and setting out on a dangerous venture The Wolf is another great book to put on your summer reading list this year.  The book is fast moving, full of heart racing encounters, beautiful backdrops and a candid look into the criminal underworld. Vincent Morelli, or the Wolf as he is known in the business, is a tough and hardened criminal who has worked his way up to run the family business after being adopted as a child by his uncle, The Don.  Everything is going well and the Wolf is about to take a relaxing family vacation when his wife and two daughters are murdered.  Their murder coincides with a plan that he has set in motion to take on the Russians and the terrorists they have been funding.

Ramping up the timeline for his war with the dregs of his underworld, Vincent has set himself on a course to crash head-first into bombs, shootouts and something potentially more dangerous, his emotions.  Normally I go for the novels where the good guys are the ones that you want to come out on top, where the good guys are the characters at the center.  This is one book where I can honestly say that I was rooting for a bad guy and loving it.  The whole book is set up just perfectly.  The way that the story develops and unfolds, the way the backstory is just peeled away, and the surprising way the story ends makes this a book that I could honestly not put down.  I read it in two days and spent the third wishing for the next chapter.  Lorenzo Cacaterra has gifted readers with yet another great journey.

If you are interested in crime dramas, thrillers, Europe, crime syndicates, or unlikely heros then this intense novel from Lorenzo Carcaterra is for you.