PROLOGUE Blood doesnâ€™t betray blood … or it shouldnâ€™t. Those are the rules. But life doesnâ€™t always play by the rules, especially when youâ€™re a mob boss. *** Charlie Tears and survival didnâ€™t mix. Iâ€™d learned that the hard way when I got kicked out of my motherâ€™s house at sixteen.