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Charlie Stella

James "Head" Guiliani is the fifth of six kids born to a religious, working-class Italian-American family. He and his four brothers attended Holy Child Jesus School, where they all served as altar boys. After graduating, James attended Richmond Hill High School, where he began a life of petty crime by joining a local street gang during his early teens. By his mid-twenties, James was an enforcer for the Gambino crime family. James carried a union book for twenty-three years, working as a labourer in the construction industry. He's been a body-builder, bouncer, and mob confidante. James now runs The Diamond Collar, a top dog grooming parlor in Brooklyn, pampering pooches with the love of his life, Lena Perrelli. You can learn more at Stella is a critically acclaimed author of numerous crime novels, short stories, a screenplay, and three off-off Broadway plays. His third novel, Charlie Opera, was picked as a Publishers Weekly Mystery Book of the Year in 2003. He received an MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

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