Angelo DiNoto is the most powerful crime lord in New Jersey, his empire sustained by pure heroin from the poppies of an old Turkish farmer. That is, until a $5 million dollar shipment goes missing.
Richard Mundi, a shady developer, sees the lost heroin as capital infusion for his failing business. His daughter, Gloria, literally in bed with would-be revolutionaries, thinks it's her ticket out. "Mailman", a long-time postal clerk dying of cancer, believes finding the heroin would be perfect ending to a failed life. Add in punch-drunk P.I. Kelly, hired by Mundi to tail Gloria; Kelly’s young protégé; two brothers working as DiNoto’s enforcers; and a conflicted collections agent, and you have an Elmore Leonard-esque cast of characters running rampant - until all threads lead to an unforgettable showdown over the old Turk’s load.
"This well-handled caper novel recalls the late great Donald Westlake. Readers will want to see more crime, and more comedy, from Gibson." (Publishers Weekly)
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Very quick organised crime story