Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Anonymous Man - Book Review by tony baksa

                                         THE ANONYMOUS MAN
                                                 by Vincent Scarsella

Think of Fred MacMurray - young and dashing before his Disney years. Then conjure up images of Edward G. Robinson. Not the gangster E.G. but the short stout put upon E.G. yearning after beautiful women and getting them ONLY because he has money. Throw into the center of these two men Lana Turner - a young, very blond - I mean blond from head to toe as only black and white movies could do. Now, for people of a certain age, we have a triangle - a potentially dangerous triangle. It will entail murder, mismanagement of funds, greed and of course, that great old standby, lust.

When was the last time that delicious plot setup reared its devilish head? Well, folks, it's back - updated but sassy as ever in Vincent Scarsella's debut suspense novel, "The Anonymous Man". If ever a book cried out to be a movie, "The Anonymous Man" screams FILM ME! FILM ME!

I am not going to do the usual plot summation as most book reviews are want to do. I would have to spoil alert you all over the place. Let me just say, that like a Hitchcock movie or great film noir, The Anonymous Man, is worth discovering for yourself. It is, simply put, great fun with all the ingredients mentioned above. Add to the recipe clever twists and turns and a surprise ending. An added surprise for me was the authors smart insights into the dynamics of marriage, issues of self esteem and physical beauty.

I have a small quibble. I wish Mr. Scarsella had given his characters names that fit the book's locale. Set in Buffalo, a city ripe with great ethnicity - Italian, Polish, German and a large African American population, our author could have named his characters more interestingly. What we have are names like Shaw and Flaherty. Even his foray to Philadelphia - mucho Italians - we get Anglo names. But, I did say it was a small quibble. Oh, if you are from Buffalo, you may take exception to some views expressed on the Queen City. I, personally, was amused by it.

For a breezy entertainment that will leave you as satisfied as a great Buffalo fish fry or Anchor Bar wings , The Anonymous Man serves up a tart main course. For dessert, google Vincent Scarsella's short stories available on sci-fi and eBook websites as well as


What if one day you could become anonymous, free of obligations, free to do what you have always wanted to do? That’s exactly what Jerry Shaw pulls off after faking his death to collect on a $4 million life insurance policy. But just when Jerry thinks he has escaped his former life, he is betrayed by his co-conspirators, his wife and best friend, and learns that a tenacious insurance company investigator is hot on his heels. You won't be able to put down this twisting and suspenseful novel, wondering if Jerry will ultimately get to do what he has always wanted, to become anonymous, just like the hero of his comic book creation, The Anonymous Man, and then not only draw his further adventures, but live them.


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