Edward Izzi – Published Works
When A Rook Takes The Queen
Fiction 2021 / 500 Pages
"The City of Chicago is up for grabs."
Chicago Tribune Reporter Larry McKay
has his hands full. He has been assigned to investigate the recent assassination of Chicago's Mayor Janice Kollar
in a tumultuous summer that has included riots, looting, and a city out of control. With Mayor Kollar's long list of political enemies, McKay doesn't know where to start. But he soon discovers a weekly gambit at St. Simeon's Church
Rectory on West 79th Street between two of Chicago's most notable individuals; Former grand chess master and now Catholic priest, political activist Fr. Colin J. Fitzgerald
, and organized crime boss Anthony 'Little Tony' DiMatteo
. Their weekly chess matches have allowed 'Fr. Fitz' to become the new family consigliere, and he is now Little Tony's most trusted advisor. Together, they have been plotting ways to circumvent the recent city violence by using 'The Outfit's' brutal methods to control its gangs and outlaws and bring peace back to the Windy City.
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Fabulous author. I've read all his books. If you like Grisham he's got nothing on Izzi!
El Camino Drive
Fiction 2020 / 450 pages
"His lifeless body, soaked in blood, from a battle he couldn't survive. His spirit now one, of many ghosts... of El Camino Drive."
Detective John Valentino
from Detroit's Third Precinct knows El Camino Drive
very well... his father was murdered there over forty years ago. On Halloween 1978, Antonio Valentino
was gunned down after work by three men, alleging that he was having an affair with one of their wives. He was shot in cold blood, and his killers were later exonerated, claiming self-defense. They believed that a toy pistol in the victim's pocket was an actual weapon. In a very public declaration after the murder trial, his uncle Rossano Valentino
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Hold on tight there are a few sharps turns in this book.
I've read each of Izzi's books. Each book has been a very good read. You can see his skills progressing with each book. His suspense and creative twists make it difficult to put the book down. If you haven't read his prior books you should do so first. He makes reference to prior characters and it will help you in the next books. Two thumbs up for Mr Izzi and his wonderful imagination.
El Camino Drive by Edward Izzi is a suspense novel filled with all your favorites- cops, mafia, mystery and figuring out what makes the bad guy tick. The author does a good job of laying out all the main characters and describing the scenes as to encapsulate readers from the get go. Each chapter ferrets out small clues that allows ready to try to figure out the greatest mystery of who is doing it and why. It brings the entire family history into view so that readers can see the full family dynamic Why is this murderer leaving behind lines of poetry and how does the little green water gun from Chapter 1 tie in to his work? As much as readers see the actual killer being brought to justice, they have to watch as the family members are each proven innocent. Izzi does a great job of tying this all together as readers want his son to get justice for his father and instead watch as he is put in as a suspect in the new murders. Could it be the uncle who declared vengeance years earlier?
The entire book is laid out so readers never know who exactly done it until the very end. If you enjoy trying to figure out twists and turns to make sense of the outcome then this is the book for you. It has a Criminal Minds vibe and keeps readers completely interested from start to finish. Izzi does a good job of writing the flaws into his characters and still leavings the audience rooting for them to overcome.
Quando Dormo (When I Sleep)
Dr. David Fazio
is a maternity physician at Chicago-Western
Medical Hospital. He is a handsome, divorced baby doctor who has more than his share of personal flaws. But Dr. Fazio has one good moral quality going for him: He is a pro-life obstetrician. In a state where late term abortions are now legal, he is currently being strongly encouraged by the hospital to perform abortions to any patient requesting one.
Dr. Fazio has one other problem... he has horrific sleep issues and has been known to be a sleepwalker. He wakes up one morning with severe burns on his hands, while a family planning clinic one block away has burned down to the ground with casualties. The authorities are now suspicious, as the 'Abortion Arsonist
' is burning down clinics in Chicagoland, and Dr. Fazio has no clue who it is.
Every time Dr. Fazio sleeps, he has no concept of where he'll wake up or any memory of what damage he may have done the night before...
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Izzi does it again!
This is my 4th Izzi book to date. I really enjoy the in-depth character building as wells the intertwined way that the Author brings in the characters from his other books. With each one you have a sense that you know "who dunnit" but there is always a twist that makes you rethink your choice. Great ending and I cannot wait for the next book. Well done Ed!
This is the fourth book I've read by the author. He has definitely fine tuned his writing skills. The story gives just enough to tease your mind and having you attempting to figure out what direction the plot will take you. Two thumbs up for this book and go back and read his others if you haven't as yet.
Pulled Another All-Nighter!!!
This book is so timely, and I loved being able to see "both sides" of the story!!! I wasn't ready, again, for where Izzi takes us with his surprises! Just when I thought "AHA! I've got it!", he flattens me with another curve-ball!!!! So enjoyed this story, and I'm always mad at myself when I finish because I'm never ready to let go!!!!!! Keep up the good work, and get on it......we're waiting........
After recently discovering the work of Edward Izzi, I cannot get enough of his thrillers, which pull the reader into the middle of many heart-thumping scenarios. Dr. David Fazio is an obstetrician in Chicago with quite the reputation. His strong, pro-life views have made his work somewhat controversial, as he refuses to perform any abortive procedures on expectant mothers. This has been made even more controversial with the recent passage of a partial-birth abortion bill by the Illinois legislature. Not only is Fazio known for his strong views, but he is quite the Casanova, having gone through and disposed of many nurses on the maternity ward. His sexual prowess cannot be denied, but he has amassed enough enemies to fill the entire ward. When he wakes from a horrible nightmare, Fazio discovers that his hands are burnt. Not long thereafter, news emerges that a family planning clinic on the other side of the street is up in flames, with people still inside. Fazio’s history of sleeping issues, paired with his a rival in various locales without his knowledge does him no good, as he wonders what might be going on. One of the fire battalion chiefs and a detective with the CPD also begin to wonder if he might have played a role. When a second family planning clinic goes up in flames and Fazio is in the area, unsure how he made it to his car, he heads the list of suspects being considered the Abortion Arsonist. He has all the trademark signs and refuses to back away from his staunch pro-life views. But, with so many who wish to see him come tumbling down, might someone be trying to point the finger at the doctor? In a story that does not allow the reader any chance to catch their breath, Izzi spins a tale like no other. Recommended for those who love high-velocity thrillers, as well as the reader who can handle the politics of the abortion debate.
I cannot say enough about Edward Izzi, particularly his writing skills. Izzi lays the groundwork for a sensational story and builds on it from there, never taking a moment to lull the reader into some form of calm. David Fazio serves as a wonderful protagonist, even if he may not be loved by all readers. His strong views on the abortion question are bluntly presented throughout but seem overshadowed by his desire to conquer all women with his wiles. Fazio comes from a strong Italian family but seems more interested in bedding whomever crosses his path. Add to that, his horrible sleeping patterns and dreams that leave him wondering what he might have done. Fazio is surely in a conflicted state and one the reader will want to explore more thoroughly in this piece. Other characters serve to prop up Fazio’s various life choices throughout, while also adding depth to some of the plot lines that Edward Izzi seeks to explore. As with all the novels, there are some returning characters, though they play background roles, not impeding the flow of the story or the strength of the core characters. While all novels are stand-alones, the reader can get a little glimpse of some character development for these returning individuals, should they wish. The premise of the story was quite masterful, serving to address the abortion topic, sleep issues, and one man’s attempt to rise above both. Izzi mentioned having some loose ties to the Fazio character, which makes the story even stronger. I cannot wait to see what else is to come, for Edward Izzi has surely made a fan out of me. Brilliant work and so poignant!
Demons of Divine Wrath
When Chicago mobster Don Carlo Marchese
is found hanging from the 18th story window of the Blackstone Hotel, Reporter Paul Crawford
of the Chicago Sun Times is assigned to investigate. He finds out that Don Carlo
was brokering art works for the Vatican's Pope Emeritus Honorius V (Josef Cardinal Schroder)
. Because of all the innumerate sexual molestation lawsuits that have been settled by many archdiocese's internationally, the Vatican has been in dire need of money, and began the process of liquidating Vatican Museum artworks. Last July, Hermann Kalkschmidt
, the son of a former Nazi officer, is found dead in his Munich apartment. Hidden in his attic for the last seventy-five years, are forty-two paintings stolen by the Nazi's from Florence's Uffizi Gallery
in 1943. His second cousin, Chicago art dealer Wolfgang Schmidt
is suspected of having his cousin killed by the professional assassin Stefano Iannucci
for possession of these paintings. The Pope Emeritus, “Papa Onorio”
believes that these stolen paintings really belong to the Vatican Museum. He decides to try to recover the stolen art collection, believing that their recovery back to Rome would restore his abysmal public image. He turns to Chicago mobster Don Carlo Marchese to retrieve these works of art.
Apparently, Pope Pius XI consigned the valuable art collection to Mussolini back in 1938, to be stored in safekeeping at the Uffizi Museum. He feared that if Hitler ever invaded Rome, the Vatican artworks would be looted. But in November 1943, the opposite occurred. Florence was invaded, and the Nazi's discovered 103 Jewish refugees hiding in one of Florence's basilicas. The paintings were traded to the Nazi's for the lives of these Jews, who were supposed to be transported to Switzerland. They were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camps instead.
When Marchese double crosses Papa Onorio, he hires “contract killer” Stefano Iannucci to stop at nothing, including murder, to retrieve those paintings. Meanwhile, Florence's Giammarco crime family is in search of the Uffizi art collection as well, in conflict with the Vatican over their true ownership. Blood and dead bodies start appearing everywhere, from Chicago to Munich to Detroit to Florence, and the search for these paintings and especially, Fra Filippo Lippi's valuable masterpiece “Demons of Divine Wrath” remain at large.
A bloody crime war has now ensued between the Vatican and the international underworld, with the Pope Emeritus trying to restore his Vatican papal legacy, while fighting with the Marchese and Giammarco crime families for the recovery of these invaluable Renaissance masterpieces.
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Lori M. Munoz
Another great read!
Good story line, kept me turning the pages. Really enjoy this author. I love the mafia and church themes of his book. Can’t wait for the next book. Quick read.
Once again, keeping up all night!
Wow! I read a lot, and pride myself on figuring it out pretty quick! Good luck with this one! Just when I thought I had it...BAM! I'd been thrown in an entirely different direction!!! A real good story that will keep you from your chores!!! Enjoy ALL of this authors stories!! Check this one out, for sure!!
I felt like i was there!
This is my favorite of the 3 Edward Izzi novels. I was sucked into the characters and changed my theory of "whodonit" several times. I really liked the descriptive nature that the author uses to put us on location with every scene. Well done.
This is a must read.
This is the third book of Izzie’s that I have read. He is maturing his skills and it just adds to a great adventure in your mind. Great book and a must read.
A must read
My first read by this author..... a real page turner, simply could not put it down!!! Has all the elements: intrigue, betrayal, murder. The twists and turns make it A must read. Can’t wait to read Izzi’s other works. Well done sir!!!
As always, I am mesmerized by this author’s heavy-hitting storylines and plots! Imagine how challenging it would be to take on a story like the Vatican forging “unholy” alliances to retrieve stolen Renaissance art by the Nazi’s and all in order to pay reparations to sexual abuse victims by the church. Edward does this amazingly well by weaving a story based on historical facts and current day issues with the cleverness only a talented author could do.
What most impresses me is his character development. We see the humanness of his characters…Paul Crawford, a loyal, dedicated reporter who “gets to the bottom” of every story and shares these same qualities when it comes to love only to feel the sting of betrayal. Veronica a beautiful, savvy art curator who manages to entice Paul Crawford to further her own selfish agenda in securing the stolen Uffizi art. The greed and cunning of Pope Honorius who is willing to “sell his soul” to preserve his legacy in history and forms a dangerous liaison with Stefano Iannucci – a callous, debonair, money-hungry hitman who will stop at no one and nothing in getting the job done. The Demons of Divine Wrath is a book that is packed with tense moments and interesting twists that exceed a book lover’s expectations. What could this author possibly think of next?! I’m hooked!
A Rose from the Executioner
Detective Philip Dorian
of the 16th Chicago Precinct is called to investigate the serial killing and mutilation of retired, former pedophile priests in the Chicagoland area. It becomes later discovered that Monsignor Joseph Kilbane
, chief of staff to the Cardinal, had previously approached his childhood friend, Anthony 'Little Tony' DiMatteo
to lend him a "hit man' to commit the murders of these pedophile ex-priests for their insurance money. Although the plot sounds interesting, Little Tony isn't interested, and the Monsignor abandons the idea. During the reigns of prior Chicago bishops and cardinals over the last fifty years, many of these former pedophile priests were allegedly, forced to resign and sheltered away from criminal prosecution, with the caveat that they allow the Archdiocese of Chicago
to be the beneficiary of their large life insurances policies.
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These policies were taken out on these former priests 'as a form of penance for their lives of being sexual predators'. With the innumerate sexual child abuse lawsuits that have been currently filed and settled by the Archdiocese, they are now on the brink of bankruptcy. A serial killer is now out there, and Monsignor Kilbane has no idea who is perpetrating these gruesome homicides, essentially framing him and the Archdiocese for these "Pedophile Priest Murders".
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John J Brescia
Edward Izzi's timing for the release of this novel is uncanny, as the Archdiocese of Chicago is actually selling off land next to Holy Name Cathedral to help defray the costs for sexual child abuse. He questions and balances the moral dilemma of viligantism vs. a detective trying to allow the law to deal with injustice. And yes we still get some of the mysticism of Da Vinci Code. It is entertaining, yet it certainly reminds us of our need for diligence in reporting and working to stop all forms of human abuse, especially child abuse.
Great Book, hard to put down
This author definitely has great talent. Excellent storyline well written a very hard book to put down I will now buy by the next book by him.
A great read...grabs you from the beginning!
This is a great read that fantasizes about the serial killing of pedophile priests in Chicagoland. The storyline starts with Monsignor Kilbane asking his childhood Mafia friend, Little Tony DiMatteo to lend him a 'hitman' so the Archdiocese can collect on the insurance policies taken out on these old pedophile priests over 35 years ago. DiMatteo turns him down, but several months later, pedophile priests are turning up being butchered and Kilbane or DiMatteo know nothing about them. Detective Philip Dorian of the Chicago P.D. starts the investigation, and the plot takes some interesting twists and turns along with some deviant surprises along the way. There's also some romance between Dorian and Olivia Laurent, the Great Lakes Insurance executive assigned to investigate the Archdioceses insurance claims on these murdered priests. Pay attention to the Society of the Rose Crucifix, their SRC rings, and more hints as to who the killer or killers really are. It's an intense murder mystery that the leaves the reader thirsting for more drama with every chapter, with a shocking ending that will knock you off your chair! You won't want to put this one down!
I've got to catch up on everything I've been neglecting, as everytime I put this book down, I would say, "Okay, just one more chapter!" This story is so timely, with all the "news" lately, and I really liked the way it presented the storyline, and the characters. You never knew whose side you were supposed to be on, and the twists and turns had me guessing....and not correctly! Loved it!
This book is definitely a rose in a book isle full of dandelions!
Great story line. I finished this author's first book in 2 sittings and this one in 4. Too hard to put them down. Every time I wanted to put it down for the evening, I would say just one more chapter, four chapters later, I was still reading. It was great to see the names of many familiar streets and the schools I went to in the book. Made for a very fun read. The ending was a total surprise. I look forward to book 3 form this new and exciting author.
Another great book!
Another great book by Edward Izzi! Enjoyed very much! Looking forward to book number three!
Of Bread & Wine
Chicago criminal attorney Michael Prescott
is on holiday in Rome, and visits with his best friend, Monsignor Robert Cavalieri
, a Special Diplomat to the Vatican. He is informed by “Fr. Rob” that Giovanni Cardinal Masellis
, the “Mafia Cardinal”, who was once considered the most evil and influential cardinals at the Vatican in his day, has made a deathbed confession to him before his passing as to the details of the death and poisoning murder of Pope John Paul I
. Masellis confesses to also spearheading the massive cover-up surrounding the pope's poisoning death in September, 1978. Unfortunately, his confession is secretly recorded by the Italian newspaper “La Republicca”
and their ambitious editor, Max Gianforte
. He desperately tries to find other sources within the Vatican to confirm the Cardinal's deathbed revelations.
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The Vatican is now concerned over the effects such media disclosure will have on the reputation of the Catholic Church. Almost forty years after the mysterious death of the pope, the Vatican is imbrued with the various documents and specific details regarding the circumstances of his death, especially the missing “Coins of Gregorio” a priceless gift donated by an influential Italian mobster, Don Giancarlo Cesario, the night before Pope John Paul I's murder. The gift was an attempt to bribe and influence His Holiness in the Vatican investigation into the Banco Ambrosiano scandal, for which the Cesario Family and Cardinal Masellis was significantly involved.
Meanwhile, wine master Marco DiVito, the former Vatican head of security and a distant cousin of the Cesario Family, now oversees his vineyard near the foothills of Rome. He is nervous and apprehensive over meeting his long lost daughter, Sienna DiVito. She is a prominent investigative journalist with the Washington Post, and DiVito abandoned her as a little girl in Boston over twenty years ago. The Post has asked her to investigate “one of the biggest stories to come out of the Vatican in decades.” Michael meets Sienna after losing his wallet at the Café Michelangelo in Rome, and after a few chance meetings, they begin a relationship. They set in motion their investigative search together into the certainty of Masellis's deathbed revelations, but Michael never reveals his relationship with the Vatican. He tries to temper her investigative efforts in discovering the truth of the Pope John Paul I's death.
As rumors swirl around Rome after the death of Cardinal Masellis, Italian crime boss Calogero "Don Charlie” Cesario believes that the actual murderer also possesses these missing, priceless coins. The crime family is also unhappy with the La Republicca and their intention to insinuate their family's involvement in the beloved Pope's poisoning death. He points his suspicions towards DiVito, and threatens him to either return the missing coins to the crime family or there will be “dire” consequences towards him and his beloved daughter.
These revelations of the Vatican's most corrupt Cardinal and the Mafia's search for the return of their missing heirloom coins threaten the lives of Michael and Sienna, and their investigative search reveals the total corruption and instability of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church.
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Lori M. Munoz
Great read, did not want to put it down.
First time reading this author and loved the book. Could not put it down, finished it in 4 days. Good story line, kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. Enjoyed the characters and story, very detailed, felt like I was in Italy. Wish it did not end, I want more of Michael and Sienna. Loved the ending, well recommend to my book club.
Great read beginning to end.
If you are fan of Dan Brown, you will enjoy this book. A good book will grab the reader within first 10 pages. Of Bread and Wine did that for me. I look forward to read next thriller-suspense of Michael Prescott. Congrats and excellent work on your first novel Ed Izzi.
A Literary Opus
Giving any book a five-star rating is easy. However, the book "Of Bread and Wine" far surpasses this standard. What makes this author remarkable is the way he tells a story. He does so by bringing his "visualization to life" through his keen eye for detail of the characters and storyline. With each page turn, he keeps the reader engaged and wanting more until the story's final resolve. There are many surprises too! The ending was well thought. It did not have me wanting for more. Well, maybe, a little more... more from this author!
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I loved this book! Highly recommend. Great read! It shipped fast within a couple days.
This book was very well written. I enjoyed all the characters, heroes and villains. it was very difficult to put down whenever I resumed reading. I appreciate the research and the historical flashbacks as I remember the papal changes of the 1970s. Well done, Ed.
John J Brescia
Watch out Dan Brown, a fun read, sequel?
Loved the Chicago-Italy connection, without having to leave my armchair, with just the right amount of suspense and romance