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A scrappy New Yorker hiding from Lucky Luciano during WW II flies with America's B-24 Liberators on the first great bombing of the Ploesti oil refineries of Rumania. Yulsman (Elleander Morning, 1984) skillfully brings his own wartime experience into play. A deal between Mr. Hoover of the FBI and Mr. Luciano of the New York mob secures peace on the city's waterfront for the duration. Part of the comfortably imprisoned mafioso's payment for patriotic services rendered is the return to Luciano's clutches of Danny Esposito, an underling whose chats with the feds displeased the don. But Esposito, formerly of Hell's Kitchen, is not easily to be found, having enlisted as one Abraham Cohen in the Army, where he has become a crackerjack flight mechanic. Sgt. Cohen flies with the heavy bomb groups stationed in Libya. Duty takes him over southern Europe; pleasure takes him to Palestine, where he falls for an authentic Jewish girl, falls in with the Zionists, and, having fallen hard, undergoes an adult bris. Back in camp he departs from virtue with a sexy visiting USO singer, who fails to tell Cohen that she's married to his captain until she's had her way with him. Several times. Meanwhile, the FBI has tracked Cohen to Africa, and nearby German spies have found the bombers' secret training site and have figured out what the fliers are up to. First-rate flight. Sexy, snappy, and authentic.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1991
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Dutton