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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
We Do What We Must: Blood, Wine, and the Birth of the American Mafia in New Orleans is a work of fiction in the historical subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Richard Robbins. The book is a fictionalized account of the Giacona family’s journey from their Sicilian homeland to New Orleans. Despite making the journey in order to escape the influence of organized crime, the crime families from their home country are busy establishing themselves in America, and the Giacona family must struggle to stay out of the line of fire without landing in the pockets of dangerous people.
This was a compelling narrative from start to finish, partly thanks to the due diligence done in researching the era and the real people on whom the story is based, and partly thanks to the excellent prose that kept the tension pitched perfectly throughout the book. Author Richard Robbins delivers an outstanding character study in Pietro and Corrado Giacona as they struggle not to break under the pressure of the various organizations seeking to control their destiny, and in particular, their development as they consider what compromises are worth making in the name of survival. The evolution of the characters as the story unfolds is exquisitely done and breathes a realistic sense of life into the protagonists. Overall, We Do What We Must is a deeply compulsive read as we watch ordinary people fight for a better life for themselves and their families whilst dealing with the devastating reality that the freedom they seek has to be gained through sacrifice. An absolute must-read for all readers.