CALL ME DUKE by Harry Grey


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Where this does not insult, it assaults and its story of Izzie Romerovitz who attempts to make his brain-and his gun -- pay off is heavy and noisy on the side of contemporary evils. Raised in the knowledge of ""protective services"", of heisting and foul play, Izzie dreams of being private detective and proves his ""moxie"" to small-time Ramel; an accident leads to plastic surgery on his nose; he and his pals are caught safecracking. Izzie (now Duke) confesses and spends seven years in Sing Sing, which improve his criminal education. Out of jail, he tries for the jackpot in a divorce case, gets his sidekick Luis tried for blackmail, works a bribe for a not guilty verdict and heads into his doom when he tangles with professional criminals and killers. Sure, crime doesn't pay and there's loyalty among thieves -- but what price toasting ""Here's to crime, piss and corruption""?

Publisher: Crown