At the height of the roaring twenties, the daughter of a mafia boss is determined to rise to prominence in her family’s business. Nicoletta is the youngest in a Sicilian-American family and has aspirations to join her brothers in the family business—an organized crime syndicate running the streets of Brooklyn. But when Nicoletta confronts her father Tommaso and announces her desire to join the family business, Tommaso objects, and a crisis ensues. Nicoletta takes it upon herself to prove she has what it takes, moving steadfastly into a world of brutality with her own ideas to capitalize on the cocaine drug trade. What transpires is not just a tale of a woman’s rise within the Marchesi crime family but a genre-busting look at how the players in this mafia story are transformed when Nicoletta proves better at the deadly game than her male coworkers. New York has a new player in town, and they ain’t seen nothing yet! Combining the romanticism of the roaring twenties and Nicoletta’s journey into the brazen violence of mafia-dominated New York, Mafiosa sets the status quo ablaze—with style, class, and a smoking barrel.
Sunshine Barbito is the author of Mafiosa.