I believe that the reason this excellent short story has 7.30 score instead of the much higher score it deserves is because of marketing and most likely timing. At the end G Younger asks if it should be turned into a serial and with the arrival of PIA, we know he has. Had this been the opening chapters of PIA it would have a higher score. It is in almost all ways the perfect set up for a long story, which those of us that are attached to "Stupid Boy," know well what a fine a writer he is and what a first rate editing and proofreading team he has.
Crime families, ya gotta love em. We know that the Godfather movie series taught them how to dress and to a certain degree act. My experience as a cop in New Jersey in 70's knows well just how stupid they really are...and how ruthless. (Two books I highly recommend: "The Jersey Mob" and "Tiger in the Courts.")
Little Tony is son and grandson of big shot crime bosses, he is also a high school student. Does he get in over his head? Does he get a lot of head? Is his head on straight?
Doesn't matter, read these three quick chapters as an introduction to PIA and find yourself hooked on another great G Younger tale.
Is there anything I don't like? Damn straight there is. He only posts once a week, who the hell does he think he is, roust writer?