In Gabriela, readers learn that the torch of Mafia leadership in the Paterlini family has been passed to Gabriel Paterlini's daughter and approved by his brothers Raphael and Angelo. To make her bones, Gabriela embvarks on a mission to Greece to recover a fleet of ships owned by a woman, Zoi Agne, which were confiscated on the high seas by the Greek prime minister for the value of its cargo. A tale of intrigue, ruthlessness, and murder ensues.
Crane graduated from St.Mary's University in San Antonio and later served eight years on the Board of Trustees, five as chairman. He has been honored as a distinguished alumnus and is a member of the athletic hall of fame. A graduate of the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School, Crane earned his Navy wings and served as a jet flight instructor in Kingsville, Texas and as a reserve fighter pilot flying FJ-4 aircraft in VF-703 at NAS Dallas. His thirty-three year civilian career was in banking where he served as President and CEO of the Broadway National Bank for fifteen years. He is married, has six children, and seventeen grandchildren.