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* ChekhovsGunman: A prosittue Tomym hries for Vince (who turns her down) later runs into Vince at the nightclub that Jimmy and Ed are investing in [[spoiler:and reveals it's a front, and thus is scamming the two.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: A prosittue Tomym hries prostitute Tommy hires for Vince (who turns her down) later runs into Vince at the nightclub that Jimmy and Ed are investing in [[spoiler:and reveals it's a front, and thus is scamming the two.]]



* FunnyForiegner: While they do get some moments of being fleshed out and sympathetic, the foreign exchange students Vince works with in the second book provide some comic relief with their generally poor English skills and fascination with Tommy.

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* FunnyForiegner: FunnyForeigner: While they do get some moments of being fleshed out and sympathetic, the foreign exchange students Vince works with in the second book provide some comic relief with their generally poor English skills and fascination with Tommy. Tommy.



* InspectorJavert: Agent Bightley, who comes to care more about [[spoiler:Breaking up Vince and Kendra]] then busting Mr. Lucca.

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* InspectorJavert: Agent Bightley, who comes to care more about [[spoiler:Breaking up Vince and Kendra]] then busting Mr. Lucca.Luca.



* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the first book Vince gets a monologue describing this. His father could be the guy guarding the ballots at the Academy Awards. Uncle Carmine sometimes shows up for mob business in his volunteer fireman's car. Uncle Exit is an aging ex-hippie who still wears the outfit. Ray bears a resemblance to a priest Vince knows. Uncle Puke looks like the man in the American Gothic painting "without the pitchfork", and his goon Primo is an avid fisherman who wears around a hat of lures.

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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the first book Vince gets a monologue describing this. His father could be the guy guarding the ballots at the Academy Awards. Uncle Carmine sometimes shows up for mob business in his volunteer fireman's car. Uncle Exit is an aging ex-hippie who still wears the outfit. Ray bears a resemblance to a priest Vince knows. Uncle Puke looks like the man in the American Gothic {{American Gothic|Couple}} painting "without the pitchfork", and his goon Primo is an avid fisherman who wears around a hat of lures.


* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the first book Vince gets a monologue describing this. His father could be the guy guarding the ballots at the Academy Awards. Uncle Carmine sometimes shows up for mob business in his volunteer fireman's hat. Uncle Exit is an aging ex-hippie who still wears the outfit. Ray bears a resemblance to a priest Vince knows. Uncle Puke looks like the man in the American Gothic painting "without the pitchfork", and his goon Primo is an avid fisherman who wears around a hat of lures.

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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the first book Vince gets a monologue describing this. His father could be the guy guarding the ballots at the Academy Awards. Uncle Carmine sometimes shows up for mob business in his volunteer fireman's hat.car. Uncle Exit is an aging ex-hippie who still wears the outfit. Ray bears a resemblance to a priest Vince knows. Uncle Puke looks like the man in the American Gothic painting "without the pitchfork", and his goon Primo is an avid fisherman who wears around a hat of lures.

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* ButtMonkey:
** Jimmy and Ed, who are in debt to mob loan sharks and get worked over and threatened a lot.
** Benny the Zit, who is forced to crash his car to provide a diversion for the police in the first book and was stabbed in the shoulder with a corkscrew in the second book and subjected to some MeatgrinderSurgery.
* ChekhovsGunman: A prosittue Tomym hries for Vince (who turns her down) later runs into Vince at the nightclub that Jimmy and Ed are investing in [[spoiler:and reveals it's a front, and thus is scamming the two.]]


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* FunnyForiegner: While they do get some moments of being fleshed out and sympathetic, the foreign exchange students Vince works with in the second book provide some comic relief with their generally poor English skills and fascination with Tommy.


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* InspectorJavert: Agent Bightley, who comes to care more about [[spoiler:Breaking up Vince and Kendra]] then busting Mr. Lucca.


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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the first book Vince gets a monologue describing this. His father could be the guy guarding the ballots at the Academy Awards. Uncle Carmine sometimes shows up for mob business in his volunteer fireman's hat. Uncle Exit is an aging ex-hippie who still wears the outfit. Ray bears a resemblance to a priest Vince knows. Uncle Puke looks like the man in the American Gothic painting "without the pitchfork", and his goon Primo is an avid fisherman who wears around a hat of lures.


* Irony: Vince's roommate in the second book wishes his dad wasn't such a well-known, pushy politician because of all the pressure it puts on him, and acts as a rebel slacker in response. His dad is then found out to be involved with the mob (not the Luca mob, but another one), and suddenly the guy is ironing a suit and ready to act perfectly straight-laced to defend his dad.

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* Irony: {{Irony}}: Vince's roommate in the second book wishes his dad wasn't such a well-known, pushy politician because of all the pressure it puts on him, and acts as a rebel slacker in response. His dad is then found out to be involved with the mob (not the Luca mob, but another one), and suddenly the guy is ironing a suit and ready to act perfectly straight-laced to defend his dad.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Vince’s brother Tommy is an unrepentant, sometimes violent mafioso. He does love his brother and try to help him in his own misguided way, but in both books he tricks Vince into helping him with some form of criminal activity made to look like something nicer, namely [[spoiler: using a chat room Vince set up to bet on horse races (which could have gotten Vince arrested along with him) and stealing money from the foreign exchange students Vince was helping after he’d pretended to befriend them]].

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* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Vince is dating Kendra when he is forced to reveal to her that his father is a mafia head to prevent her dad from meeting his. After getting over the shock and preventing their dads from meeting, Kendra meets up with Vince again and tackles him in a passionate kiss.

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* QuestToTheWest: Book 2 starts with Vince, Kendra, and Alex making a cross-country trip to California, where they're going to college.

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* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions after they have a fight. [[spoiler: That doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]

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* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions after they have a fight. [[spoiler: That doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]rescue.]]
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Vince finds Kendra's singing voice very attractive.



* [[RidingIntoTheSunset Riding into the Sunrise]]: Vince's movie script from the beginning of book two describes him, Kendra, and Alex doing this as they make the cross-country trip to their college, but Kendra points out that that would be impossible since they're going west.

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* [[RidingIntoTheSunset Riding into the Sunrise]]: RidingIntoTheSunset: Vince's movie script from the beginning of book two describes him, Kendra, and Alex doing this riding into the sunrise as they make the cross-country trip to their college, but Kendra points out that that would be impossible since they're going west.

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* PrecisionFStrike: Korman uses the "one grown-up swear maximum per young-adult book" to great effect during TheReveal of the Calabrese hit tape:
-->[[spoiler:'''Mrs. Luca''': He won't touch this family! Pampers, I want that son of a bitch totally out of [[LostInTransmission –]]]]


''Son of the Mob'' is a two-book series by GordonKorman, detailing the life of Vince Luca, a boy whose dad Anthony Luca is the head of one of the biggest east-coast crime familes ever. Vince, on the other hand, is a law-abiding citizen, and tries to stay out of his dad's work however he can (especially since his LoveInterest is the daughter of the FBI agent tasked with investigating his family).

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''Son of the Mob'' is a two-book series by GordonKorman, Creator/GordonKorman, detailing the life of Vince Luca, a boy whose dad Anthony Luca is the head of one of the biggest east-coast crime familes ever. Vince, on the other hand, is a law-abiding citizen, and tries to stay out of his dad's work however he can (especially since his LoveInterest is the daughter of the FBI agent tasked with investigating his family).


* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions. [[spoiler: That doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]

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* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions.assumptions after they have a fight. [[spoiler: That doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]


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* BringMyBrownPants: This is why one of Vince's "uncles" is called Uncle Pampers. You'll wish you had a diaper on once he's done working you over.


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* {{Hipster}}: Vince seems to consider P-Rick one. He mellows out a little on it by the end of the second book.
* HonoraryUncle: Vince has them out the wazoo. Many of them come to stay in his dorm room during book 2.
* Irony: Vince's roommate in the second book wishes his dad wasn't such a well-known, pushy politician because of all the pressure it puts on him, and acts as a rebel slacker in response. His dad is then found out to be involved with the mob (not the Luca mob, but another one), and suddenly the guy is ironing a suit and ready to act perfectly straight-laced to defend his dad.


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* UnusualEuphemism: Vending Machine Business. Ironically, Vince notes his dad has tried fixing and building things before, mostly chairs, and is terrible at it.
* VillainOverForDinner: Inverted, the Luca family has Kendra over once. It's agreed they probably shouldn't do it again after a guy walking in on the dinner bleeding.


* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions. [[spoiler: that doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]

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* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions. [[spoiler: that That doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]


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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Tommy does manage one thing for the mob: he turns Vince's message board project into a secret betting ring with codes. Vince is shocked Tommy actually thought it through enough for it to work.


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* EmbarrassingNickname: P-Rick, aka Patrick. An odd, self-inflicted one.

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''Son of the Mob'' is a two-book series by GordonKorman, detailing the life of Vince Luca, a boy whose dad Anthony Luca is the head of one of the biggest east-coast crime familes ever. Vince, on the other hand, is a law-abiding citizen, and tries to stay out of his dad's work however he can (especially since his LoveInterest is the daughter of the FBI agent tasked with investigating his family).
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* TheAce: Patrick (P-Rick), also being AlwaysSomeoneBetter for Vince's film class in the second book. He does turn out to be a good person, if overly serious about his art, when he convinces Kendra to talk to Vince instead of making assumptions. [[spoiler: that doesn't make it any less satisfying when his "comedic biblical epic" flops compared to Vince's edited security footage of a mob rescue]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Vince's mom. [[spoiler: ''She'' ordered the hit that agent Bightly is investigating, to protect Anthony and her sons]]. Don't mess with an Italian mother.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The one who ordered the Calabrese hit was actually [[spoiler: Vince's mom]].
* MafiaPrincess: Vince is the male version and the reluctant version. He also gets more slack than his older brother, Tommy, since he doesn't want anything to do with the business and the family tries to keep it that way (unless ''necessary'').
** Vince is constantly torn between doing the right thing and loyalty to his family, which drives several aspects of the plots of both books.
* ParentalFavoritism: While Anthony and Mrs. Luca love both their boys very much, Anthony clearly wants Vince to be the one to take over the family business since Tommy only thinks in the short-term and is generally unmotivated. However, so far Tommy is the only one to show interest in the "vending machine business" (even though by the end of book one, Vince has shown a better aptitude for manipulating it).
* [[RidingIntoTheSunset Riding into the Sunrise]]: Vince's movie script from the beginning of book two describes him, Kendra, and Alex doing this as they make the cross-country trip to their college, but Kendra points out that that would be impossible since they're going west.
* StarCrossedLovers: An example of the Romeo and Juliet comparison being done right: Vince is dating Kendra Bightly, whose father is the head of the investigative team who deals with the Luca family. Both Vince and Kendra were terrified when their parents (more accurately, their fathers) met at their graduation, but there was just a tense handshake and a terse greeting. Both have acknowledged that this is the best that they can hope for.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Vince refuses to make the choice, avoiding any situations that would prompt it. The first book's moral is that there's no way for him to do this unless he cuts all ties to his family, because only when he's away from them will he have no opportunity to protect them from the consequences of their own actions. (See BewareTheNiceOnes--Vince actually approves, but he can't do something like that, and the guilt from not doing it if he had the chance would tear him apart.)
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tommy shows shades of becoming this, because he seems to know that Vince is acknowledged by everyone as being smarter than him. However, Anthony always tries to show that he loves ''both'' his sons.
* YoungestChildWins: Vince is shown to be more motivated, smarter, and more-liked by the family than his older brother Tommy. Also, despite Tommy actually wanting to be in the FamilyBusiness, Vince has shown more aptitude for doing what a mob boss would do (even if he did it to save Jimmy Rat, a sort-of friend).
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: In Vince's video of [[spoiler: the Luca mob rescuing a union leader for reasons unknown]], his teacher declares everything perfect except for Anthony, who was clearly "a caricature" of a mob boss. Vince tries not to laugh.
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