Review: The Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra


Organized crime goes to war with international terrorism in the name of one man’s quest for revenge.

The action never slows down matching the quick pace. The tension builds as well as the carnage.

I enjoyed Vincent, we see more to him than his gangster lifestyle. With Vincent serving as narrator he becomes three-dimensional, an intimacy is formed with the audience. As for his associates they felt like stereotypical gangsters. Perhaps added character development would have helped give dimension, delving deeper to show other facets. I thoroughly enjoyed Angela, no doubt you feel her presence, strength and power.

The narrative focused more on terrorism, which was what I was expecting but not to the lengths shown. I was hoping for intricate mob details, a behind the scenes glimpse of operations, business, strategy. I would have settled for equal amounts of organized crime and terrorism, rather the scales tipped in terrorisms favor.

Carcaterra provides twists, constantly throwing the reader off course. Intriguing novel with plenty of excitement and action. No doubt there will be another Marelli novel.


•Hardcover, 320 pages
•Published July 29th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2014)
•ISBN13: 9780345483942


One thought on “Review: The Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra

  1. This sounds like a great book! just ordered it. I am new to writing and i was hoping you could give my blog a quick look and share your unbiased opinion on it with me? it would be of so much help. The plot twists in my story will surely keep you entertained haha xx


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