A Novel

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143123859
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Imagine The Sopranos transplanted to the French countryside….

This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture The Family starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and produced by Martin Scorsese.

The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycée. Or so it seems.

In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who’s been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI’s witness protection program. He’s got a two-million-dollar bounty on his head, but he and his family can’t help attracting attention (imagine the Sopranos in Normandy). And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it’s Mafia mayhem à la Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper, or like The Godfather as if written by Carl Hiaasen. Because while you can take the man out of the Mafia, you can’t take the Mafia out of the man.


“This action-comedy book is all good fun throughout. . . . There are some very funny moments.” —Newsday

“An entertaining summer read.” —Houston Chronicle

“Savagely funny and surprisingly touching.” —The Guardian (London)
“A queasily-comic, stylishly-executed romp.” —The Independent (London)
“Crime fiction that makes you chuckle is rare, and this is an exceptional example of the species.” —Judges’ citation, Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (finalist)
“Hilarious . . . Snappy writing and brisk pacing add up to a comic crime novel Elmore Leonard fans would relish.” —Publishers Weekly
“A smart fish-out-of-water conceit . . . The story thrives on absurdities and coincidence, particularly in [one] virtuoso scene.” —Kirkus Reviews