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On The Table Read, “the best book magazine in the UK“, new book from Franco Rainey, When The Saint Burns In Their Hands, is a mafia story from a journalist with a career covering organised crime.

Franco Rainey’s When The Saint Burns In Their Hands is a tale of Mafioso chicanery.  Having avenged the murder of his wife, Sicilian crime lord, Michele Le Barbara is summoned to New York by the Calabrese family. But whilst playing cat and mouse in New York, it dawns on Michele that he may have just murdered the wrong man

When The Saint Burns In Their Hands

Extolling themes that we all hold dear – love, family and loyalty – these all take on a different meaning when dealing with the Mafia, as readers discover in Franco Rainey’s standout Mob tale, When The Saints Burns In Their Hands.

Benefiting from the author’s knowledge gained during a writing career that centred on New York City’s most famous mob families, he was fortunate enough to meet former caporegime, Michael Franzese (captain of the Colombo crime family), who shared his real-life insights into the life of organised crime and Cosa Nostra (this thing of ours). Rainey’s novel brings together authentic characters, is well plotted, and entertains from the very first page. 

When The Saint Burns In Their Hands by Franco Rainey on The Table Read
When The Saint Burns In Their Hands

A classic in the making, this novel will be devoured by all fans of Cosa Nostra literature; and having set the bar so high with his debut work, expectations will be running high for what this standout author will write about next.

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Synopsis Of When The Saint Burns In Their Hands

“He’s killed the man who murdered his wife, but the war on his family has only just begun.”
Sicilian crime lord, Michele La Barbara, has taken revenge on his wife’s assassin, only to discover that he has opened the door further to a world of murder and treachery from within and outside his own family.

Summoned to New York City by the Calabrese family, Michele is caught up in a game of cat and mouse with sinister underboss Benito Calabrese. Now aware that Capo Alberto Calabrese was grieving over the death of his youngest son, Amadeo, who had been shot and killed outside a church on his wedding day in Sicily, Michele is left wondering if he had indeed murdered his wife’s killer, or whether he remains at large.

Franco Rainey on The Table Read
Franco Rainey

When the Saint Burns in their Hands is a powerful and gripping story, which delivers atmosphere and tension from the opening page. With a tale of heartbreak and revenge, a twisted sequence of events unfold that leads to a gripping and disturbing climax.

About Franco Rainey

Franco Rainey began his writing career covering the life of organised crime in the US, focusing on New York City’s most powerful mafia families. Having worked as a proof-reader and editor for almost ten years, he then dedicated his time to writing fictional crime stories.

His first novel When the Saints Burns in Their Hands was published in 2022.

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Published by Austin Macauley Publishers, When the Saint Burns in Their Hands (ISBN No: 978-1398444997) is available in paperback (£9.20) and Kindle format (£3.50 or free with Kindle Unlimited) on Amazon at and

It is also available in paperback (£9.99) and eBook (£3.50) at Waterstones at and the publishers (paperback – £9.99) at

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