The Old Turk's Load

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-05-13
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press
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A Deadly Pleasures Best First Novel of the Year and a Booklist Best Crime Fiction Debut of the Year

Angelo DiNoto is a powerful crime lord in 1967, his empire bolstered by importing pure heroin from an old Turkish farmer. But when a five-million-dollar shipment goes missing during the Newark riots, DiNoto isn’t the only one willing to turn over every rock—and bust some heads, arms, and legs—to find it.

A shady developer sees the heroin as the key to rejuvinating his fading business. His daughter Gloria, literally in bed with a band of wannabe revolutionaries, thinks the stash could be her ticket out of her father’s purview. “Mailman,” a longtime postal clerk disfigured by cancer, thinks finding the drugs is the perfect cap to a failed life. With this wild cast of characters running rampant through Newark and Manhattan, Gibson’s debut is a twisting crime novel whose disparate threads lead directly to an unforgettable showdown over the so-called ‘old Turk’s load.’

Author Biography

Gregory Gibson has been an antiquarian book dealer since 1976. He has published three non-fiction books and writes an influential weekly blog on the book trade called “Bookman's Log.” He lives between Gloucester, Massachusetts; Cork City, Ireland; and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but in his imagination he inhabits an undiscovered Raymond Chandler novel somehow set in Manhattan in the 1960s.

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