nearby states. The most infamous mobster in Iowa was Louie Fratto. He was the
original Teflon Don, never convicted of a crime. He also went by the names
Lewis Ferrell and Cock-eyed. He had a brother, Frank, who was an assassin for
the mob and went by the nickname One Ear. (Probably not a good idea to make fun
of his missing ear.)
an aluminum siding and storm windows business. Another brother, Rudolph, had a
garbage disposal business. Once prohibition was over, Lou Fratto’s ‘legit’
business was beer distribution.
mob would muscle in on Speak Easies and cabarets, demanding 50% of the profits
while doing 0% of the work. The owners who illegally ran these establishments
had no choice but to comply.
Wardrobe Check, Washroom Attendant and Doorman Union. Sounds like such a boring
Chicago. Unfortunately, he was soon arrested for gambling. To escape the
charges, Lou was sent to Des Moines Iowa, where he worked for his good
childhood friend and fellow Mafioso, Cherry Nose Gioe. By 1936 Lou Fratto took
over running Iowa while Gioe was sent back to Chicago. (Later when Gioe tries
to take control of Iowa back from Fratto, he has unfortunate accident.)
He had tentacles in the police, the prosecutor’s office, the local courts, and
local state politicians. So he was sitting pretty. No one could touch him.
financial data for their perusal. He arrives with a briefcase, only it’s
locked, and because they had not subpoenaed the key, the briefcase remained
locked. He took the fifth on a great deal of questions that day. At one point,
Fratto got annoyed with their questions and asked the congressmen if they were
getting their information from imaginative spacemen. (Generally speaking, you
don’t get sassy with congressmen unless you know you are untouchable.)
called #1 implies there were other bosses in Iowa as well. Keep that in mind as
Fratto’s story turns south.
with a chest full of bullets. Fratto was charged with the murder, and this time
he was going down. But before he could be brought to trial, he died of cancer,
thus remaining the Teflon Don to his death, never convicted of a crime.
economical to go partially legit.
being wacked, I’m not answering that.
mob still exists in Iowa, and Benito Campinelli is determined to regain the
power his Chicago based Mafia boss father once had.
father used fellow mobster’s daughter as a shield during his escape from an FBI
bust. While Eddie escaped the FBI trap, the woman died from three shots in the
chest, all meant for him. However, she was not just the daughter of a rival
family, she was also the wife of FBI agent Cobbs. Instead of an eye for an, he
chose not to kill Eddie’s wife, Helen. Instead, he shot Eddie while the man
took a shower.
his purpose in life remains to destroy the Campinellis forever!
thousand acres of white oaks his mother possesses, which he believes will bring
him four billion dollars to strengthen his reach and power.
Jersey woman he can retake ownership of the forest and raze it to the ground.
wins the Mega Times Lottery and discovers the prize comes with a curse. Worse
than the many money-hungry suitors, a serial killer has her in his sight. She
changes her name and moves to Iowa with plans to buy their last major forest of
white oaks and turn it into a State Park. Unfortunately, the Lottery Curse
doesn’t stop at state lines and someone there wants her dead, as well. Good
thing a disturbingly handsome law officer is just as determined to keep her
left the Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There
she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband
tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day
she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love
with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has
given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books,
because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They
will likely traumatize you.
same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And
there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary
who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life
around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
comes to reason.
love oneself. Sam’s story.
Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100
servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from
her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
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