What's the scoop on ANGELICA?
A long time ago, Angelica Vicetti did some very bad things with some very bad men. Now she’s built a new life for her family, far from Las Vegas.
Now it’s all about to come crashing down.
Angelica Vicetti of Las Vegas has become Angela Cassetta of Poplar Bluffs, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. She's built a successful real estate agency, and the son she rescued from Vegas when he was a youngster is now a high school baseball star and destined for great things.
But the mob bosses in Vegas who forced her underground haven't forgotten about her. A string of hit men come to town to kill her, but each time she saves herself and her son, with the help of her friends and Mike Eiser, a local Sheriff's detective who has seen far worse.
Then things get even more complicated, when one of the hit men changes his mind and becomes strangely important to Angela in a whole new way... and a team of Federal agents come to town and ratchet up the odds. Suddenly, sleepy little Poplar Bluffs is awash in blood.
Angelica will have to take it all the way to the edge and beyond – into murder, kidnapping, and lying to the Feds – to save herself and her son. But... can she survive the fight for her family's freedom?
Okay, I do not even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Angelica” by author Clabe Polk is one of the most original and just flat out interesting mystery/thriller/suspense novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was great. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to lose yourself in. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, because some of them I had hard time keeping straight. Thought Mike, Angela, Jonathan, Danny… all were great. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, especially the mix between being a drama, thriller, mystery, a romance, and some *very* interesting, unsavory characters, to say the least. Will be looking for more from Mr. Polk—happy to see he has other books available. Sherri
Woah, Loved this book! Totally different from what I normally read, but superb writing and an unpredictable plot that keeps you on your toes totally won me over! When I started reading this book, “Angelica” by Clabe Polk, I was interested right away in the background with the mob and the death of the hitman that introduces us to the seedy underbelly of the mafia world in Vegas and the widow, Angelica. Fast forward 11 years later she’s trying to live her new life, but the past is after her in a very deadly way. There are so many great characters (good and bad) and the suspense throughout the book just keeps building and building and kept me wanting to read more……. Kept me totally hooked the whole way. Really liked the mob element, and the dialogue was authentic and the narrative tight. Mike Eiser (the detective) and his partner Donna make a great team, and I like that even though this is part of a series, it’s not like you need to have read the others first… but you will probably want to! I was surprised and happy with how it all wrapped up. Recommend the book to those that enjoy a good thriller that is well-written and unpredictable. Jenna
This novel, “Angelica” was quite a change of pace for me, as I normally gravitate towards more contemporary romance or nonfictions, but this was one fast-paced, engaging tale of survival that I couldn’t put down!! The opening scene grabbed me, both with the cool setup and the engaging narrative voice. I did have to have some patience after that (when it moves forward in time) as I did feel that the pace slowed and the tension lessened while we got caught up on all the character backstory and sub- plots.. Speaking of characters – there were some really cool ones (and bad ones!) here… Happy that they were not cliché, cardboard cutouts but relatable and authentic, especially for their “personalities” and jobs. I liked that I never quite knew where the story was going, and it was anything but predictable… my eyebrows shot up and my jaw dropped many times. It gets pretty intense, and I wasn’t prepared for where the book went, but it was certainly different from a typical thriller. It does keep you wondering, and has a very complex, almost intellectual angle with the various police/government agencies involved with the case. Polk has a great way of writing and I would read more from this series without hesitation.
3 of 4 stars
The novel Angelica by Clabe Polk was an entertaining and exciting read. Angelica’s past is about to catch up with her. After ten years of hiding in a small town, a Las Vegas mob boss, Antonio, has put a bounty on her head. Antonio doesn’t want Angelica’s secrets coming to light at his courtroom hearing and there is only one way to silence her forever.
Looking at the book as a whole, I enjoyed it. It had a well planned plot and the ending of the novel was executed with precision. However, there were some glaring flaws that should have been caught with a quick proofread. I rarely see typos or repeated words in published books, but this novel had many.
I also felt that the beginning of the novel was rushed. The first few chapters seemed like bare-bones. There was no description of the scenery or characters. It wasn’t until the second chapter that Angelica was described as a slim, blonde. This was the only physical account of Angelica in the whole novel. The rest of the characters from the first few chapters were never depicted. I also believe that only one of the mobsters was described in the entire novel, and that depiction was a basic build and Italian descent.
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The novel would have been better if the author painted a picture of the scenes rather than telling a bunch of staccato facts about each event. I wish there was more emotion depicted throughout the novel. Where was the fear or disgust that should have been present on Angelica’s face while being toted around during the funeral? I believe the novel would have been improved by adding these small details that would have allowed the reader to envision all aspects about how the characters looked and felt.
After reading the last few paragraphs it sounds like I hated the book, but that is not true. I actually really enjoyed the novel. If you can look past the typos and lack of physical descriptions, then the bulk of the novel was entertaining. It had a little suspense and mystery. There were sections of the novel that were well written that allowed me to envision the whole circumstance. During these parts of the book I became fully engrossed in the story. My favorite line was, “She’s a loose end; a thread that needs to be cut so the sweater will not unravel. I don’t know what tall tales Joey may have told her, but under the circumstances I can’t risk that she knows anything, understand? Angelica Vicetti must cease to exist. Tidy up loose ends and ease my irritation.”
With that final line left in my head, I would rate this novel a 3 out of 4 stars. This book could easily be 4 stars in my eyes with a good editor and more sections like the line above. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and mystery novels. It does contain a few adult concepts, but nothing that a high school student wouldn’t already be privy to understanding. KAV
I will say that it did take me some time to get into this book, “Angelica” by Clabe Polk. Although it starts off with an inciting incident that is really interesting and pulls us in to this dark, dangerous world, it slows afterwards as the author worked more on the characters and the situations, rather than the drama… but then it starts to build at a slow simmer, leading to a full-on boil that is quite exciting. I enjoyed the “mob” ties/theme, and the author did a great job with the details there that made it really feel authentic. It is clear he knows what he is talking about and has a knack for writing this genre. So many twists and turns, and the pace is lightning fast, and with short brisk chapters that just make you want to read just one more… and then another… then another… Addicting reading, with a satisfying ending, and I look forward to more from Clabe Polk and the “Mike Eiser” series soon. Carla
From the opening pages of “Angelica” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Polk sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in right away, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments which is pretty rare for me in reading a mystery/thriller. Usually it’s all about the adrenaline, and while this book delivers that, it also has a softer side, and a family/(light) romantic component that makes us connect on a deeper level, I think. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters (Angela and John and Eiser especially…), along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique, high stakes, and dangerous setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend. Nicola Flood
Lately I’ve been in a rut of putting down books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. This was definitely not the case with this book, “Angelica” by Clabe Polk. From the very beginning the story moved seamlessly from one page to the next, and was unpredictable enough to make me just *have* to see what would happen next. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, even though there are plenty of “familiar elements” necessary for a crime thriller-suspense, this one is very different from others I’ve read. I was impressed with this author’s writing style and his attention to character detail… Great writing and editing (I notice these things) and so much action I literally couldn’t put down the last 20% or so. I like that even though there are some heavy moments and darker subject matter, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously, and still maintains a sense of humor throughout. Liked the dynamic with Det. Mike Eiser and even if you haven’t read the other books in the series (this is #4 I believe) its fine – this one totally works as a standalone novel. But after reading this one you might be tempted to read the others as well. I know I am! Gillian