The Consigliere, A Novel

A Mafia Lawyer's Quest to Choose Love Over Revenge

by Donna Masotto

Select Format


Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/27/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781982251147

About the Book

In a most personal and riveting work, Novelist, Donna Masotto presents, "The Consigliere". A middle-aged mafia lawyer, Declan Quinn, realizes his life is meaningless after the tragic drowning of his eight-year-old daughter. At a crossroad between misery and the longing for peace, he shuns his duties as the Consigliere and embarks on a search to find the sister he abandoned when he joined the mob thirty years ago. But first, he must confront his mafia Don and face the truth of his past. Setting off to reclaim his destiny, Declan never expects his grandfather and son to assist him on this journey, but they become key figures when scheming against the mafia Don. At different stops, Declan reunites with friends he knew before joining the mob, beginning at the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. He treks through uncharted lands to unveil a mystery hidden for twenty years. Declan uses the tools of love, forgiveness, and courage, as he tries to overcome life’s inevitable challenges and the past that haunts him—or hunts him down. This work is inspired by the 1969 novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather and provides the complete backstory of "The Consigliere". This work is so much more than just another book about the mafia, it's a story of boyhood decisions and the effect they have on the man for his entire life. Ms. Masotto's themes show that change is possible even when life's battles pull you down.

About the Author

Donna Masotto was born into an Italian-American family in the Sixties. As the middle child of eleven children, she became the consummate observer of human behavior; and hence, the family historian. Her writing is influenced by seeing first hand how the mafia infiltrated the lives of her family in Brooklyn, NY. Sure, she has a mafia connection, it sounds something like, "so-and-so was in so-and-so's wedding," that kind of thing, but it's far from a topic she'd be inclined to boast about. Ms. Masotto's viewpoint of the mafia is real, raw, and dirty, yet, true and bold. Her perspective provides readers an insider's view of life within the mafia that has never been told before. Crime isn't glamorized in her work--truth is. Donna holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. She loves to research existential philosophy and the works of Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis, and Viktor Frankl. She is a substitute teacher for San Diego Unified School District and for SD Diocesan schools. When not driving the back roads in Italy to collect ceramics for her import furniture business, she enjoys the San Diego area with her three kids and two Jack Russell terriers, Benny and Topaz. Most often you will find Donna teaching her six grandchildren the fantastic game of tennis at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club.