Books: Out Like Flynn


by Peter Maas

Viking; 347 pages; $10.95

Made in America seems at first blush an odd title for a novel about the Mafia, but Peter Maas should be forgiven his irony. Sicily's best-known export has, of course, become as American as frozen pizza. As Maas has shown in The Valachi Papers and Serpico, Cosa Nostra reaches far below the imperial realms of The Godfather into virtually every working-class neighborhood where cash is short and the Mob's loan sharks cruise.

The all-American slob-hero of Maas' book is Richie Flynn, 33, a poor Irish...

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