Ah yes, but which city? How about Rome? Well, my dear paisano, that is precisely where I am heading! Why? Because the next “Adam Gold caper” is tentatively titled, CAPONE ISLAND. Consequently, I am off to the lovely island of Sicily to do some research and hopefully interview some of Mr. Capone’s relatives. I am starting to pack, but I’m having some trouble folding my bullet-proof vest. (That dang Kevlar is so stiff.) I just hope I don’t become a stiff. I’m not really worried, as the book is more about Capone’s “buried treasure” in Florida than about his life of crime. Oddly enough, my mother lives across the bay from the island where “Scarface” supposedly buried either treasure or competitors, or both.
In any case, my crew and I will be sailing on a moderately sized vessel, leaving from Rome and heading due south. Our first stop is gorgeous Taormina, Sicily, and then we head even further south to Valletta, Malta. (Where I will be searching for an elusive falcon!) After a couple of days in Malta, we start our “Volcano Tour.” I’m not sure why, but we intend to explore Mt. Aetna, the volcanic island of Volcano, and then Mt. Vesuvius. Hopefully we will not encounter any disruptions or eruptions. If we do, we will just have to go with the (lava) flow!
Assuming we survive the volcano convention, we are off to the islands of Trapani and Lipari, and then over to Sorrento and Capri. This is just about my favorite part of the world, so I am looking forward to a couple of reunions and some unusual book signings. From Capri, we take the hydrofoil or the tinfoil over to Positano, and by then I should weigh about 500 pounds. (primarily pasta) We intend to spend 5 days on the Amalfi Coast, unless they run out of pasta and/or wine. Fat chance. (Yikes, did I just use the word “fat?”) Mama mia!
Due to the volcano visits, I will not be schlepping my laptop with me, so I might be persona non grata, I mean, persona incognito, for several weeks. If you need to reach me, just send cash (no Euros) to the American embassy in Rome and I will call you back. (As soon as I sober up, which might be a while.) I love Italy, but as you can see, I should not be left unsupervised while I’m there!
Hey, do you remember the song “Travelin’ Man?” (Ricky Nelson, 1961.) Well, I guess that’s how I’m starting to feel. Did you know that Ricky had a brother named David? David was Ricky’s half-brother. (I guess you could call him a “half-nelson.”) That would explain why David couldn’t get a “grip” on himself. Harriet Nelson was the mom. Ozzie (not the one who looks and sounds like a zombie) was the dad. Ozzie Nelson was a broadcasting genius. In fact, they used to call him the “Wizard of Ozzie.” (Just kidding) All right, enough Nelson jokes. If you want to hear my joke about Nelson Mandela, send me a postcard.
So yesterday I had the pleasure of dining at Cooper’s Old Time Barbecue Joint in Austin. (Along with the boss, the Princess of Portugal, and Baron Lee.) Excellent vittles, but not as good as Black’s Barbecue in Austin. Still, Baron Lee managed to consume 10 or 12 pounds of smoked brisket, which was VERY impressive. Would you believe that the Princess ordered a salad? Of course, she also ordered a HUGE bowl of peach cobbler. (And did not offer me a single bite!) Definitely worth trying if you come to our fair city.
The newest “Adam Gold Mystery,” which is titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, is doing wonderful in the sales department. According to the publisher, we’ve sold about 200 books the first week, which is pretty darn good. If you order a book and leave a nice review on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or Goodreads, please let me know and I will send you a FREE book, autographed, as a “thank you” gift. Good reviews help obtain much-needed advertising dollars.
Finally, I want to extend a giant hug and kiss to my dear friend Judge Susan (the infamous “hanging judge” of the Texas Hill Country) who is recovering from knee surgery. (Thank God she still has a leg to stand on!) Her Honor is one tough cookie, and we hope she heals quickly. Frankly, I’m tired of delivering steaks and lobster tails every night. (Even though they’re eaten before I get to her house!) Get well soon, your judgeship!
Well, I must run, as I’m off to my “Italian 101” language class. Today’s class should be fun. We will be learning the meaning of certain hand gestures, which I understand could make the difference between life and death in certain situations! I shall keep you informed of my progress with the TSA and Interpol. Until we meet again, I remain,
Doc Yanoff (Love to all!)