This week’s “Pick of the Litter-ature” is Jim DeFilippi’s SPEEDO, which the author describes as his “petite-crime novel,” echoing the spiraling plots and spot-on comic dialogue of Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins.
Chester Earl “Speedo” Castagravas, a simple blue collar guy from Queens, New York, is forced to dip his toe into the world of crime simply to pay for the wedding to his beloved Julietta before she leaves him in frustration. Speedo and his buddy Ralphie decide to boost a high stakes poker game out on Long Island. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, including a brilliant and non-submissive victim, his shotgun-wielding mistress, and a seduction in a motel room followed by a suicide and a missing corpse.
Give SPEEDO a try.