When Tony Delvecchio is asked to become a partner in the relaunch of a famous nightclub known as Jilly’s, it is literally an offer he can’t refuse. Jilly’s is a microcosm of New York in the glitzy, disco-drenched, cocaine-laden late 1970s. It is the central haunt for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Andy Warhol, and countless other celebrities. Looking for someone to watch his back, Delvecchio brings in an old friend, John Gotti, a rising captain in the Gambino family.
Under Delvecchio’s watch, Jilly’s is a success. Where else can you go to have a drink with Tony Bennett and talk baseball with Joe Torre? Where else can you see mob boss Joe Dente start a feud by removing Frank Sinatra’s picture from the wall? Jackie Mason’s act sabotaged by Sinatra? It’s all just a night out at Jilly’s.
"This is one of the most ambitious projects we've ever taken on," explained ArcheBooks Publisher Robert Gelinas. "Sinatra, Gotti, and Me is Tony Delvecchio's personal story, as told by his friend, author Rich Herschlag. It's not a memoir or a documentary. It's told in novel form, along the lines of The Godfather or Goodfellas. But unlike the Sopranos, this family tale is based on real life events, a missing chapter of Americana history most people have never heard."
The book will feature a forward by veteran comedian and additional eye-witness to life at Jilly's, Pat Cooper, who says, "I’ve known Tony Delvecchio for forty years. During that time, I’ve seen, heard, and read movies, stories, and books about Frank Sinatra. I even lived a few. But the one story that really deserved to come out and never did was the one about Tony Delvecchio. That is, until now."
Look for "Sinatra, Gotti, and Me" in August 2010, published in both cloth-bound hardcover and available for Amazon Kindle. Mr. Herschlag is also working on a screenplay adaptation.
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