A bagman with recurring brain seizures falls in love with a Mafia widow and flees with organized crime money.
Fuller (The Dark Page, 2007,
etc.) was an iconoclastic movie director whose work influenced film legends
like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. This book, discovered after his
death in 1997, offers classic noir fiction filled with shadowy underworld
dealings and an antihero immersed in criminal culture. Although he was born
with a mysterious brain condition that causes uncontrollable seizures, Paul
Page follows all the rules of his job as bagman in his gangland dealings. He survives
attempted hijackings, he's always on time with his deliveries, and he never
thinks about double-crossing his boss. Things change when Paul falls for
Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful woman who becomes a widow before his eyes.
Michelle’s husband is killed over an unpaid debt, and it seems that Paul can
offer the two things that will save her from a similar fate: physical
protection and quick cash. When he's told to deliver $10 million, he must
decide between allegiance to the only job he's ever known and following the
woman he loves. When Paul takes off with the cash, an elite hit man disguised
as a priest is put on his trail. As his characters make a series of shifting
alliances, Fuller creates the kind of converging narratives and memorable
personalities that will seem familiar to any Tarantino fan.
A hard-boiled story filled with quick dialogue and rich archetypal characters.