The Hollywood Mafia
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The Hollywood Mafia is a novel-in-progress that focuses on one woman’s desire to redeem her family’s legacy by seeking revenge on a sect of the Italian Mafia, called The Six, who took out a hit on her father when she was a teenager. Alessandra Capella enlists the help of her younger sister, Luciana, to unravel and publically expose the most secretive and successful Mafia in the history of the United States. Alessandra’s father was murdered before her eyes, and she seeks revenge with an eye-for-an-eye mentality by killing Joseph Messina the son of the Mafia boss who pulled the trigger on her father. The murder is a declaration of war against the Mafia, and she follows it with a list of demands that will cause the Mafia to choose between exposing themselves or risking the lives of those they hold most dear. Jack Pennington, Head of Security at the Vegas casino where Alessandra killed Messina, leads a massive manhunt for Alessandra, but Jack isn’t the only person seeking answers. Messina and his friends, members of a group known as The Hollywood Mafia, are tabloid darlings, which causes his murder to make headlines around the world. Soon his death becomes fodder for entertainment blogs and gossip magazines, and the world watches as confidential and shocking information about the killing is exposed. In a time where the media and paparazzi control much of the way the world sees certain events, it is up to Jack protect the evidence and find the killer. The novel takes a cinematic approach to storytelling with Alessandra, Luciana, Jack, The Six, and The Hollywood Mafia all serving as stars. Las Vegas, brimming with seduction and sin, co-stars and serves as a reminder that what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas. As with any mafia story, the book explores motifs of family, power, greed, redemption, and retribution, but it does so from a female’s perspective in what has historically been a man’s world. Alessandra wants to turn that world upside down and utilizes all of her assets, some legal and some otherwise, to rise to power in the Mafia and to eventually become the first female Don.
Abstract only for thesis.