For the sake of Ol’ Blue Eyes, a pilot searches California for the woman they both love
When World War II ended, fighter ace Joe Buonomo didn’t make it back for the parades. After nearly a decade adrift in troubled seas, he washed up in California, determined to re-claim his life. In 1954, he met Helen, one of the fresh-faced girls eager to break into Hollywood. They fell blissfully in love and got engaged—until Joe’s post-war past intervened, and he lost his fiancée. Years later, Joe’s running an air freight business and doing the occasional odd job for a certain crooner named Frank Sinatra. One afternoon, Joe agrees to give Sinatra’s latest honey a lift to Los Angeles, where she has a screen test the next morning. Not until she arrives at the airport does he realize it’s Helen. After just a few hours together, Joe and Helen confess their old feelings still burn. But the next day, Helen never makes it to the studio. She’s vanished into thin air. To find her, Joe will have to go up against the mob, the FBI, and the forces behind presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. The only catch is, who is he rescuing her for—Sinatra? Or himself?
Set in 1960, Sandrolini's raucous first novel stars Joe Buonomo, a WWII fighter ace who's now a freight pilot and friend of Frank Sinatra. When Sinatra talks Buonomo into flying his latest fling, Lilah DeHart, from Palm Springs to Hollywood for a screen test, Buonomo is in for a surprise. Lilah is the pilot's former fianc e, Helen Castano, who left him six years earlier. The two, once they realize they're still in love, decide to tell Sinatra, but before that can happen, Helen disappears. On Sinatra's orders, Buonomo goes looking for her. He finds the body of Helen's friend Betty Benker, gets bashed on the head, and tangles with a host of bad guys, including Italian and Chinese mobsters, Mexican crime bosses, and the hostile sheriff of Santa Catalina, Calif. Even certain supporters of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy make trouble. Buonomo's heroics keep pace with the rising body count in this over-the-top period crime thriller.
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Soon to be a movie?!
A great read! "One For Our Baby" is a fast-paced, classic film noir -- just waiting to be filmed. The author has written a real page-turning mystery/action story. Chapters are short, and frequently end with gripping sentences that lure you right into the next chapter. Using the vernacular and detail of an era just a few decades past, the author paints the scenes -- either languorous or more often fast-paced -- clearly in your mind. Enticing to read, hard to put down. Hoping that somehow there is a sequel!
Wonderfully Intelligent and Action Packed
Right from the beginning you feel like you jumped into a roaring river. The story sweeps you off your feet exploring back alleys, city lights and wide open country. The mystery gives you just enough to keep you guessing the next move with surprise twists and brawls you didn't see coming. Pilots MUST read. The aviation insights are entertaining. Hot women, cool cars, and some big names in all the right places. I can't wait for the next book!