Publisher: Diversion Books
Publish Date: August 29, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: In this exciting and fast paced novel, The Dean’s List, author Jimmy Petrosino introduces us to characters who are darkly compelling in an S.E. Hinton meets Cruel Intentions kind of way. Growing up, Dean Perrasani always dreamed of following in the footsteps of his idol and older brother, Tyler. At nineteen his dream would be fulfilled. Dean is now president of Phi Beta Regnum, the very fraternity Tyler ran nearly ten years earlier. To the outsider Regnum is your typical fraternity. But that’s what they want everybody to believe. Secretly it’s a crime syndicate created by one of the most ruthless mobsters in the world, Alfred Calarone. Seeing how much revenue could be generated on a university campus, Calarone took the same blueprint that worked for the mafia for so many years and implemented it onto a university, using teenagers with troubled pasts to do his dirty work. Dean, like the men before him, including Tyler, must run the fraternity like a mafia don. He must create his very own caporegime. And he must become immune to the violence and backstabbing that comes with the job. But Dean believes he can be different than the men before him, even his brother, and run the fraternity as a legitimate enterprise. But how? Not knowing which friend is his enemy and the constant struggle with his own demons, how does Dean keep himself in power long enough to pull off his master plan – that is to exact revenge on those responsible for murdering his older brother.
Review: The Dean's List is a very interesting novel. For a while I didn't know where it was going, but it flowed along seamlessly to the epic conclusion. Weaving the past exploits and people of the Regnum through the present events, Mr. Petrosino has written a fast paced and engrossing novel. The characters were given dark and deadly backstories which shaped the men they became. The Dean's List reminds us violently and with swift precision of Nietzsche's quote: "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." Well-written and captivating, Mr. Petrosino will have a great career ahead of him.