Philip A. Genovese Jr., the grandson of Vito Genovese, has written an award-winning underworld thriller The Grandfather Clause:
Genovese's novel has received accolades and recognition, winning the Santa Fe Trail Creative Arts Council 2008 Book Contest First Prize for Fiction and named as an
Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books 2008 semifinalist in the Suspense/Thriller category. Bill Handleman, Asbury Park Press columnist, applauded the novel as "a fast-paced thriller teeming with indelible characters." One reviewer suggested "you get lots of sleep before starting this book." Another declared it "a great read ... loved the twists, turns and well-developed characters." Another said it reads "like the Sopranos on steroids ... think Nelson DeMille meets Brad Thor meets Mario Puzo."
These were also the years that my paternal grandfather, Pop Pop Vito, came for dinner on Sundays. After he hadn’t come for a while, we were told he had “gone away on business”. I never saw my grandfather again and never asked why. It was like any other dirty family secret - you just didn't go there in my house. In sixth grade, after a schoolyard fistfight in defense of my final denial of what had slowly become a shadowy truth, I would learn that my grandfather was Don Vito Genovese, the namesake and Boss of the Genovese Crime Family, a hard and feared man. In 1961 he had gone to federal prison, where eight years later he died, perhaps now reunited with the souls whose blood stained his hands.