The Zoolinguist by Sean Adams
In 1930’s New York, you either get rich or die trying. But Mario Manzetti has a peculiar and fantastic ability, he can literally speak to animals…
If you’re expecting another Dr. Doolittle, you’ve come to the wrong neighborhood. Abandoned in a reform school for boys, Mario vows not to grow up poor like his Sicilian parents. So, he uses his animal-speaking abilities the only way he knows how— for cons and get-rich-quick schemes.
But his power gains the attention of a duo of paranormal agents, hell-bent on capturing him for their own nefarious purposes. Will his wits, abilities, and animal allies be enough to escape capture?