Book Title: The Dirty Martini Club (A Tess Kincaid Novel) by Jude Randazzo
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 308 pages
Genre: Suspense / Romantic Suspense
Publisher: HABERDASHERY PRESS
Release date: June 2022
Content Rating: PG (mild profanity, no f-words, mild violence, no sex)
Tess Kincaid, celebrity golf professional, decides to visit and meet, for the first time, her presumptive fiancé Eddie Spinozza's family in Albany, New York for Thanksgiving, in anticipation of the next step in their relationship. The Spinozza and Cuchinelli families have been entrenched in Albany for two generations, but Eddie has assured Tess that he is not involved in his family's "business". However, on the first night of her visit, sitting in The Dirty Martini Club watching Eddie perform with his band, she witnesses the brazen shooting of one of the band members. Almost simultaneously, and without much warning, an epic, once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm suffocates Albany, preventing Tess from leaving town.
She subsequently becomes a material witness to a series of events, which the police are only reluctantly investigating. What happens next is a daring, and life-altering event that brings Eddie and Tess to a do or die scenario amid mob warfare. The results are quite unpredictable.
JUDE RANDAZZO was born in New York and lives with his family in Colorado. His paternal grandfather was born in Sicily and emigrated to New York. He is the author of the Tess Kincaid series; The Golden Cocoon, The Omen of the Crow, What You Don’t Know Can Kill You, and The Gray Fedora.
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How did you do research for your book?
I do most of my research using Google, but mostly for time-sensitive subjects such as when a song was written, or a product invented. For instance, if I reference that a character is eating a Big Mac at McDonalds, I need to know that it was in fact created by 1977 or 1978 which is the time period of my last several books. The majority of the research is from personal experience.
Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
The easiest character to write about, which I include to mean both actions, thoughts, and of course dialogue, is Eddie. Eddie is in many ways my alter-ego. The most difficult is Tess, and not because she is a woman. She’s much more complicated and has more issues than Eddie. She thinks and views life through a starkly different prism than Eddie.
In your book you make a reference to….how did you come up with this idea?
Major snowstorm. Growing up in Albany on several occasions we had epic, colossal snowstorms and I was able to relate my personal experience to the book. I actually had a snowblower and a dozen customers that I regularly plowed for in the early 60’s.
What made you write a book about…?
A mob war. The public never seems to lose interest in the underworld of the Mafia and in The Dirty Martini Club it seemed like the perfect backdrop to contrast Eddie’s family and their values and relationships with each other with Tess’ family. The family dynamics are as different as the weather in Albany and where Tess lives, Florida.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories? There are many books out there about….
I would say my life experiences coupled with observations about people around me.
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