Published February 5th 2013 by CreateSpace
Paperback, 374 pages
At once a crime thriller, black comedy and family drama wrapped into one poignant and satirical novel.
Deep in the heart of California’s dysfunctional, strip-mall suburbs, the city of Santa Ramona, California is besieged by a pair of unlikely bandits.
Johnny Valentine is a lonely boy who dreams of becoming a hero, just like the masked avengers from the pages of his comic books.
His feisty grandmother Stella is a retired supermarket clerk and cancer survivor with a fierce sense of justice. Running out of time, money and options, the old lady is driven by the need to make one last great contribution.
Together the boy and his grandma devise a Robin-Hood style scheme to rob a ruthless retail conglomerate, stealing cash and medicine for the sick and needy.
As their crime spree continues, the citizens of Santa Ramona wonder how to judge the crazy young boy and his fugitive grandma.
Are Johnny and Stella Valentine a menace to society? Or are they the only ones trying to save it?
We all know Thelma & Louise, Mickey & Mallory but Dimitri Ragano brings us Stella & Johnny Valentine. In this Robin Hood tale of the 21st century.
Johnny Valentine spends most of his days with his grandmother Stella. When his father gets mixed up with a thug running bingo gambling, and money embezzling he makes changes that sends his mother into robbery and police chases.
This is a great read for crime detective readers. Although I can not pull out the black comedy in this work of fiction from Ragano.
(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)