DiNoto, a ruthless New Jersey crime boss, supplements his ill-gotten gains by
importing blindingly pure artisinal smack produced by an old Turkish farmer. A
five million dollar shipment disappears, and DiNoto can think of nothing better
to do than go on a murderous rampage.
Mundi, in whose lap the drugs have landed, is a burned out Manhattan real
estate developer who plans to use the unexpected windfall as capital to revive
his crumbling business empire. His gorgeous daughter Gloria, in bed, literally,
with a band of wannabe revolutionaries, sees the heroin as a way to escape her
father’s looming presence and impress the woman she truly loves.
Mailman” is a longtime postal clerk who has survived the worst that life has to
offer until throat cancer robs him of his voice and the will to live. To him,
the drugs are a ticket to a better place. Topping off the cast is Walkaway
Kelly, a private eye and Hell’s Kitchen barfly who teeters continually on the
brink of redemption.
in Kelly’s lovelorn sidekick, a pair of closeted gay hoodlums who work as
DiNoto’s enforcers, Mundi’s conflicted protégé ( a slab of muscle with a moral
conscience, who also serves as Gloria’s nanny), and you have an Elmore
Leonard-esque cast of characters running rampant in a convincingly wrought
historical setting. Gregory Gibson weaves a thrilling, twisty plot in which
disparate threads converge in an unforgettable showdown over the Old Turk’s
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