"A powerful, poignant exploration about the rise of the Mafia in Sicily, Lisa Scottoline's Loyalty
is a gripping, compulsively readable tale of courage, loyalty, family secrets, and the price of honor. An unputdownable piece of historical fiction that puts Scottoline's talent for writing twisty plots and unforgettable characters on full display."
—Kristin Hannah, author of The Four Winds
"I haven’t read a story set in Sicily that was this good since Giuseppe Di Lampedusa’s amazing novel The Leopard
. The reader knows when an author’s heart is in their writing, and Lisa Scottoline’s heart and soul is in Loyalty
. Historical fiction, when it’s good, is a time machine, carrying us back to a vanished world that we can inhabit for a while. Loyalty
does that and more—it’s a magic carpet ride that will transform us and stay with us. A beautifully written tale, wonderfully told by a master storyteller."
—Nelson DeMille, author of The Maze
"A gripping, up-all-night novel of power and vengeance in a violent and beautiful land. Loyalty
finds Lisa Scottoline on new turf—and firing on all cylinders. Her versatility as a writer knows no bounds."
—Daniel Silva, author of Portrait of an Unknown Woman
"Nineteenth-century Sicily springs to vivid, unforgettable life in Loyalty
, a passionate epic of the Mafia‘s origins among the fragrant lemon groves of Palermo. A kidnapped child confined to a madhouse, a castoff wife raising her daughter in the wild, an upright lawyer on a crusade for justice, and twin brothers determined to rise to power—their lives entwine across Lisa Scottoline’s gorgeous tapestry of Sicilian history. An absolute feast for readers everywhere!"
—Kate Quinn, author of The Diamond Eye
"Tautly plotted, brimming with detail, Loyalty
takes us through the streets of 19th-century Sicily to witness the birth of the modern Mafia. Scottoline fills her tale with a richly varied cast, gathering them into a web of intrigue as the book races towards its heart-stopping finish. A delight!"
—Helene Wecker, author of The Hidden Palace
is a wonderfully atmospheric and operatic tale about the origins of the Mafia in the wake of Sicily's crumbling feudal system…At heart, though, this is an earthy novel, the vivid details of which make you smell the sweet lemon groves, feel the salty sea spray on your cheeks, and taste the pasta, pistachios and rich cheeses of Sicily. Brava!"
—Stephanie Dray, author of The Women of Chateau Lafayette
"This brilliantly told story about the rise of the Mafia is an unforgettable saga of the powers of corruption and courage, injustice and honor, family secrets, loyalty and love set against the evocative backdrop of Sicily. Scottoline deftly explores the darkest passions and the deepest compassion of human nature in a fabulously twisty historical thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end."
—Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Postmistress of Paris
"A heart-pounding, emotional thrill ride through Sicily….a beautiful, bold, and brilliant masterpiece that, in the spirit of The Godfather
, reminds us of the perils of blind allegiance, the consequences of betrayal, and the lengths to which one will go for family. A breathtaking tour de force."
—Kristin Harmel, author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars
"Rich with intrigue and secrets, tension and tenderness (not to mention the intoxicating scent of lemon groves!), this is Lisa Scottoline at her best!"
—Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings
and Once We Were Home
"Scottoline brings nineteenth-century Sicily alive in this historical thriller...Every scene is a full sensory experience, as Scottoline weaves lemon-scented breezes, the ocean’s sounds, and sun-baked piazza stones into a timeless, tragedy-strewn story of love, power, and redemption. History fans will appreciate the novel's well-researched foundation, especially concerning the origins of the Sicilian Mafia and early mental-health institutions."
"Scottoline brings her characters to life, instilling them with wit and intellect as they navigate the corruption of Sicily’s law enforcement. Historical crime fiction fans will be riveted."
"[A] mafia magnum-opus....Loyalty
is an epic novel about the rise of the mafia in 19th century Sicily."
"An action-packed, technicolor novel about the origins of the Mafia in Sicily… Scottoline paints a rich tapestry of the Sicilian landscape with its luxuriant lemon groves, delicious cuisine, and frightening sulfur mines." —The Historical Novels Review
"A rich riveting mafia story."
Scottoline has written another sinuous, thoroughly entertaining tale of love, revenge, and vindication."
—Dayton Daily News
**One of Zibby Mag's
Most Anticipated Books for 2023**