The Gloucester Trilogy Series
THE FISHERMAN’S SON
The Fisherman’s Son, set on the rustic and rocky coast of Gloucester, New England’s oldest seaport, is a tale of legal and emotional conflict, passion and a people’s quest for justice.
John Palermo, Sicilian by birth was sent by his dying Papa, alone and terrified, at the tender age of ten, to live with the Amicos in Gloucester. Accepted by a loving family and taken in by a community, wedded to the sea, John grew to cherish and finally to defend his people against those forces who would steal their rights and their dignity.
The Fisherman’s Son is a legal thriller with a riveting courtroom confrontations where good and evil stand in stark contrast. It is also a love story, in depths both tender and compelling.
THE BASTARD’S WEAPON
The Bastard’s Weapon takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. Professionally, John takes on the case of his nemesis, Captain Joe Amalfi, who is found floating in a life raft alone in the icy Atlantic when his fishing boat sinks with his crew still aboard.
Amalfi’s emotional turmoil after this event is one challenge, among many, to John’s struggle to help the widows and children of the men on Amalfi’s boat, many of whom were John’s boyhood friends. As Amalfi’s condition worsens, John seeks to unravel the mystery of what happened on the boat that terrible day, sparking a gripping courtroom battle filled with surprise twists and turns and an ending that John could never have predicted.
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ONE MAN’S HERO
At the age of ten, Sicilian John Palermo was sent by his dying papa, alone and terrified, to live with the Amico family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Accepted by a loving family and taken in by the community, John grew to cherish and finally defend his hard-working neighbors in court against those forces that would steal their rights and their dignity.
Following the death of his beloved wife, John struggles to continue his fight for what’s right while being a single father and finding comfort in new love. He’s not only recovering from grief but also a difficult trial in which he uncovered the secrets of his nemesis. But the fight is never over as now, a badly injured fisherman and young father desperately needs defense.
Despite personal battles, John finds himself back in the courtroom, up against a malignant, high-powered force that will do anything to keep its reputation intact. He must deal with a clash of cultures between Gloucester values and a corrupt Washington DC political establishment. Does this David have enough strength to once again go toe to toe with Goliath?
THE SHORTSTOP’S REDEMPTION
Jim Cheverus grew up in Gloucester and was a local hero as a baseball star. He fell in love with Carol but then the opportunity to play pro-ball came and Jim abandoned everything to pursue that dream. He left Gloucester and he left Carol – and the child she was carrying. But the dream never happened. Jim descended into alcoholism and regret.
Thirteen years later he returns to Gloucester, a recovering alcoholic with little more than his natural charm and a lot of broken dreams. He meets the son he never knew and, slowly, as he gets to know the boy by coaching his baseball team, he begins to realize what his dream has cost the people who loved him – especially Carol.
THE DIAMOND MAKER
The Diamond Maker is a tale of two teens, who overcame adversity and found love.
Bart “Stutter Boy” DeMarco and “Ugly Angela” Curcuru are 16 year-olds who have suffered emotional abuse from their peers.
Bart had battled with a severe stutter that effectively silenced him. To speak was to be mocked and ridiculed. School was agony, as were the bullies who delighted in taunting “Stutter Boy”.
Angela emigrated from Sicily with her family at the age of 12. While she struggled to learn and speak English, mean girls recognized an easy target and dubbed her “Ugly Angela”. Unable to verbally defend herself, and finding no friends, she, after four years, accepted that she was indeed, “Ugly Angela”. That she was not worthy of love.
Man’s great weakness is his ego, Women, her vanity.
At a moment when Bart was at his lowest, Angela appeared to support him and elevate his spirits, and he, elevated her. Individually, they felt vulnerable, together they were strong and confident.
That was the beginning of their love story.
About the Author
Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Joe has spent his life on Cape Ann. The son and grandson of fishermen, Joe has gained notoriety for his dedication to work on behalf of personal injury victims, being referred to as ‘Attorney for the Injured” by the New York Times.
Joe Orlando is a litigation attorney who specializes in the representation of personal injury victims, including maritime workers. Designated a “Proctor in Admiralty” by the Maritime Law Association, Joe has represented fishermen, blue water seamen and other maritime workers for over thirty-seven years.
Married to Connie for forty-one years, Joe is the father of three, Amanda, Lisa and Joe, Jr., and is the grandfather to six boys.