(From the publisher):
Jimmy Mangino figures he's over-due. He wants to be a made man. Already he's done two stretches in the joint. But he's back on the street, and he's still a good earner for the family. You got a loser you need to lean on, Jimmy lends his strong arm - and he doesn't flinch at murder, not for the Vignieris. Jimmy's genuine. He also bench-presses four hundred pounds.
Alex Pavlik wants to take Jimmy down. Pavlik, the edgy Polish cop who tailed Eddie Senta in Charlie Stella's enthusiastically reviewed debut novel, Eddie's World, has been transferred to Organized Crime from Homicide, where his short temper, keen sense of justice, and too-ready prizefighter's fists have proved to be a volatile combination.
Tough-talking, taut, and craftily plotted, Stella's second crime novel takes Pavlik and his new partner, another tainted New York police detective, John DeNafria, on an unnerving excursion into the shifty underworld of wiseguys and crimelords where wannabe-mobster Larry Berra hires Jimmy to collect on a bad loan to a sixty-three-year-old Italian barber with a Cuban girlfriend half his age. She's got her own scam going, but Jimmy's got his fingers in any number of illegal pies, from extortion to murder, among purveyors of drugs and porn. Enough to get a man made, maybe. And a few others offed, for sure.
Original title: Jimmy Bench-Press
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Crime/Caper