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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19,2011 Madonna JeUa Cava (Continued from Page 1) The men and women members of the Madonna della Cava Society. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Santino and Bianca Garafalo. The next generation. Author Event at the Dante Alighieri Society Friday, September 16 th, 7PM Politics, money, love ... what could go wrong? Read A Crack in Everything, a debut mystery novel by Angela Gerst, and find out. Praised by critics and authors across the literary spectrum, A Crack in Everything tells a sizzling tale of politics, passion, greed and murder. The novel introduces Susan Callisto, a sometime real estate lawyer turned political consultant with a busy practice and a lonely private life. Susan and her oldest client, Nino Biondi, share Italian roots, but little else. Nino likes to sue. Susan prefers to negotiate. Nino loves to cook -- he's the chef-owner of Tavola Rustica. Susan prefers tuna casserole to osso buco. Nino ignores Susan's advice, but her candidals hang on her evy wrd, paying her well -- too well in the case of a magnetic newcomer with deep pockets and a dubious agenda. Then Nino is beaten and left for dead in an alley, perhaps by the landlord he is battling for control ofTavola Rustica.When one of Susan's political clients is murdered and then Susan herself attacked, she begins to suspect that her political consultancy has become a springboard to violence and murder. An old love, Detective Lt. Michael Benedict, leads the investigation, and when Susan elbows in, she finds a crack in everything. "Gerst gets good mileage out of her political roots", writes the Kirkus reviewer,"but it's her finely honed plot that seals the deal. Here's hoping she runs for another term." NYTimes best selling crime fiction author, Lisa Scottoline, calls the novel "an impressive debut." Kirkus gave its highest endorsement a starred review. Literary novelist and National Book Award winner, John Barth, applauded this "street-smart, Italian-flavored" mystery as knowing and entertaining. Reviews, endorsements and more at angelagerst.com. After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts where over the years she worked for literary journals as a Boston Globe correspondent, as press secretary for the French Library and most recently in advertising sales for a local magazine. Her interest in local issues involved her in organizing and running Newton campaigns for alderman and mayor, and from thence to creating the fictional world of Susan Callisto, political consultant. She and her husband live near Boston.