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The Old Turk's Load

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/02/2013

A Booklist Best Crime Fiction Debut Selection

The Old Turk's Load

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622310104
Digital Download ISBN:9781622310111


A sprawling, classic noir crime novel set amid the 1967 Newark riots in which $5 million worth of heroin goes missing, and every cop, criminal, do-gooder, and lowlife will do anything to find it.

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Product Description

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.


“The narration of R.C. Bray is perfection in almost every aspect. A gripping good read, this audiobook is a real pleasure.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“Gibson’s elliptical, ever-evolving plot seems a marriage of Raymond Chandler complexity and Donald E. Westlake comic haplessness, but he imbues his characters with a kind of desperate humanity that is brilliantly played out when Manhattan goes dark in the famous 1967 blackout. The sense of time and place is wonderfully evocative, and The Old Turk’s Load will be a signal pleasure for crime-fiction aficionados.”
      —Booklist [HC starred review]

“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

Author Bio

GREGORY GIBSON has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1976. He writes the influential book trade blog “Bookman’s Log” and is the author of several non-fiction books, including the powerful and widely acclaimed Gone Boy. He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Cork City, Ireland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but his imagination inhabits a hard-boiled vision of 1960s Manhattan.

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