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DUCK ALLEY
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                  Jay Tasti and Albert Niklozak grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s in a tough little section of Long island called Duck Alley. The sounds of garbage cans clattering and railroad cars rumbling by were usually drowned out by their teary-eyed laughter.       The friendship held steady into adulthood.  But when the decomposed body of a teenage girl is found half-washed out of the earth in upstate New York, their friendship begins to unravel. Set into motion is a series of events that will test the two friends’ commitment to each other, to themselves, and most of all to their sense of honor.
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                  Jay Tasti and Albert Niklozak grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s in a tough little section of Long island called Duck Alley. The sounds of garbage cans clattering and railroad cars rumbling by were usually drowned out by their teary-eyed laughter.

      The friendship held steady into adulthood.  But when the decomposed body of a teenage girl is found half-washed out of the earth in upstate New York, their friendship begins to unravel. Set into motion is a series of events that will test the two friends’ commitment to each other, to themselves, and most of all to their sense of honor.

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As I had come into the warehouse, I had been surprised by some guy I didn't know, stepping out in front of me.  He was shorter than me, but broad, with a gray golf shirt stretched tight over muscle and a dead serious expression.  His face looked like Yogi Berra sniffing bad egg salad…
     I said to this hatchet boy, "Look, just tell Albert that the guy who almost killed Buster Cook is out here waiting to see him.  Please."
     Muscles didn't say anything to that, just turned and went into the office, to come back out within thirty seconds, still looking serious.  He brought his face up close to mine and he spoke very slowly, softly, evenly, but with meaning behind it.  "Mr. Niklozak says he's the one almost killed Buster Cook."

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About Jim

Jim DeFilippi was born and raised in Duck Alley, on Long Island, and has been writing and living on a dirt road in northern Vermont since 1973.  He is a husband of many years, a father of two, a grandfather, a retired school teacher, a special-needs bus driver, a Vietnam...

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