Mary Ellen Lisciandra
Stolen Lives by Mary Ellen Lisciandra

Chicago. 1920. A time of Prohibition and gangsters. The
Volstad Act was just passed the previous year, forbidding the
manufacturing, selling, delivery, or any attempts to furnish
intoxicating liquor. However, there were many who chose to
ignore this law. Chicago was a hotbed of bootleggers and

From the start, it was a society that was addicted to vice, pain,
and pleasure. It crushed ideas and beliefs and made certain
people contemptible and their destruction desirable.
Gangsters and thugs ruled with an iron hand, as the nation
reached a transformative moment.

STOLEN LIVES is a riveting story of ruthless ambition, greed,
violence, and a twisted sense of justice. The men who ran
this town were above morality and beyond reproach, ready to
kill anyone who got in their way. There was a constant fight for
power between rival gangs. They played for keeps.

Follow the story of three desperate people caught in a
dangerous web of love, betrayal and revenge during those
incredible years known as "The Roaring 20s."
Mary Ellen Lisciandra is a native New Yorker, from
Queens Village, NY.  She graduated from Jamaica High
School before attending Suffolk County Community
College.  She spent 15 years in nursing, both in New
York and in Florida.  Now, semi-retired, she lives in
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

She enjoys writing, poetry and music, especially jazz,
opera and classical.  She is an avid reader of books
about history, and is extremely interested in the
Prohibition Era and the gangsters of Chicago.  

An innovative and diverse writer, Mary Ellen likes to
inspire passion, making a powerful impact to all her

Stolen Lives, which draws on her interest in The Roaring
'20s, will be her first published novella.  It is about
choices, lost morality, and a dangerous mix of power,
arrogance, greed, and revenge.  The book points out that,
in any society, past or present, you pay for who you are.
Johnny Rico by Mary Ellen Lisciandra

In her second book, JOHNNY RICO, author Mary Ellen
Lisciandra continues the saga of notorious mobster, John
“Mad Dog” Michaels.  It picks up after Mad Dog was gunned
down by his rivals, leaving behind a young son, John Brennan

A student at a prestigious college just outside Milwaukee,
John Brennan is constantly harassed by his fellow students
and teachers about his nefarious father.  His is forced to fight
– both literally and figuratively – the demons that haunt him.  
He suffers through the taunts and ridicule, and struggles to
cope with the loss of a father whom he truly loved.

After being expelled from his school, he convinces himself
that it is his duty to bring restoration and honor to his family’s
name; and to bring closure to the grief that both he and his
mother are suffering.  He sets out searching for answers and
looking for retribution, along with a retired cop and a
crusading DA.  The three of them devise a plan to rid
Milwaukee of its mob influence.

JOHNNY RICO delves into his quest to bring his father’s
murderers to justice.  Along the way he finds a Milwaukee
filled with monstrous gangsters and crooked cops.  In his
fight against organized crime, he learns that honor can only
be restored by way of revenge.  Revenge, however, can be a
tricky game; because whenever you are fighting evil, you must
see to it that, in the process, you do not become evil yourself.

Lisciandra’s new book -- filled with the suspense, intrigue,
and violence that dominated the golden era of the 1930s –
promises to keep readers spellbound.
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