THE GALLIANO CLUB SERIES
In 1926, thanks to Prohibition, it’s hard to find a beer in Lido, New York. But murder, lies, love, and jealousy are all on tap at the Galliano Club.
The 3-book Galliano Club series is based on my grandfather’s tales from his time as Deputy Sheriff of Oneida County. The setting draws inspiration from my hometown of Rome, New York.
Meet bartender Luca Lombardo, dancer Ruth Cross, and the rest of the cast of the Galliano Club in my new historical mystery series.
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ROAD TO THE GALLIANO CLUB
Three very different people each flee the secrets of their past in this novella-length collection of character backstories. But all roads lead to the Galliano Club, promising a high-stakes collision that will end up in murder, blackmail, and revenge.
Ruth Cross escapes a dead-end life in a Pennsylvania coal mining town for the bright lights of Broadway, only to be caught in a life-changing scandal that will follow her all the way to the apartment over the Galliano Club.
Luca Lombardo grows up in Italy as the outcast son of an army deserter. Emigrating to America comes with a cruel price. By the time Luca goes to work as the barman at the Galliano Club, he will have nothing left to lose.
Benny Rotolo rises from street thug to trusted bodyguard for Chicago’s North Side Gang. But when Al Capone puts a price on Benny’s head, he leaves Chicago, determined to build his own bootlegging empire no matter what it takes.
MURDER AT THE GALLIANO CLUB
Luca Lombardo is the jack-of-all-trades at the Galliano Club, a hangout for Italian mill workers. The club is both home and family for Luca and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it afloat, including staying silent about a murder.
From her apartment over the club, Ruth Cross witnessed the crime, but a scandalous past keeps her quiet.
Could hitman Benny Rotolo be involved? Run out of Chicago by Al Capone, Benny fled to Lido determined to establish his own bootlegging empire. Turning the Galliano Club into a speakeasy is Step 1.
The longer the murder at the Galliano Club goes unsolved, the bigger the trap of lies.
Who will get out alive?
BLACKMAIL AT THE GALLIANO CLUB
The heat is on in Lido, New York, when blackmail letters land on the Galliano Club’s doorstep. The message is simple: Pay or die.
Explosions follow. Will the club burn before Luca Lombardo, the club’s jack-of-all-trades, figures out who is behind the threats?
Warning: Blackmail is contagious. Police officer Sean O’Malley uses Ruth Cross’s past against her to get what he wants. Chicago hitman Benny Rotolo dabbles in the extortion racket, too.
As blackmail terrifies everyone connected to the Galliano Club, murder may be the only way out.
REVENGE AT THE GALLIANO CLUB
The body of a strangled woman is fished out of the Mohawk River near Lido, New York. With the help of Galliano Club members, she is identified as a waitress from Chicago.
Hanna Gorski travels to Lido, determined to find her sister’s killer. She’ll bring him to justice any way she can.
Luca Lombardo would help, but he’s in jail facing kidnapping charges. This is good news for Chicago hitman Benny Rotolo, who figures he can finally steal the Galliano Club and expand his bootlegging empire.
But Benny didn’t bargain on Hanna Gorski.
Neither did anybody else.
Inspiration for the setting
My hometown of Rome, New York, inspired the fictional city of Lido, the setting for the Galliano Club series. At the crossroads of the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River, Rome occupies a prime spot in upstate New York south of the Adirondack Park where the wealthy flocked to deluxe lodge hotels in the 1920’s.
Once upon a time, Rome supplied 10% of all copper used to build American’s electrical grids, telephone network, ship hulls and bridges. Immigrants from Italy and Poland provided the workforce. The city’s 5 Catholic churches met the needs of its rapidly expanding population.
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My thanks go to Arthur Simmons III, Executive Director of the Rome Historical Society, James R. Guy, president of Rome’s historic Galliano Club, the Oneida County Historical Society, and the board of the Rome Arts Hall of Fame for putting ideas in my head.