Eddie Durante is the owner of a speakeasy and a mobster under his Uncle, the boss of the Durante family. Eddie is still recovering from the death of his wife, Kate who was killed by the rival Caprice family in a territory dispute. Amidst this, Eddie is notified that the Caprice's have a hit out on him within his own speakeasy. As the bodies start piling up, Eddie realizes that this is more than a regular hit. This is payback, revenge in the purest form imaginable for the decisions he made for his family.
Speakeasy is a fast-paced historical suspense novella set in the 1920's. I was quickly brought into the glitz and mystery of Eddie's speakeasy as the writing describes the intrigue and glamour of the hidden speakeasy and the people who frequent it. Since this is a novella, there wasn't much about Eddie's background or character other than he cares a lot about his family and business, however this adds to the mystery of why Eddie is being so mercilessly hunted. The action and suspense ramped up quickly as everyone around Eddie began dying. As Eddie begins to unravel the reasons behind this particularly merciless hit, I could sense who the mastermind behind Eddie's demise was in an amazing, vindictive and twisted ending.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.