Jimmy is raised by a loving mother, Mary, and a volatile, often cruel father, John. It is the great depression and jobs are hard to find. John is willing enough to work but is an inveterate gambler and the rent payment is often missed causing relocation after relocation and later a succession of new schools for Jimmy.
We get to know Jimmy and his Mommy during the early years, the pre-school years in the South Bronx. There never was a happier pair, in spite of the endemic hard times. And we get a close look at a developing Jimmy during the war years as he spends his time defeating the Japs in epic battles involving clothes pins and shoe boxes and eluding his fathers usually groundless wrath. The wartime economy has afforded the Hess a decent life in suburban New Jersey and John has a well paying pipe fitters job at the Kraut chemical plant nearby.
John Hess gambling catches up with him, big time, and he is forced to move his family into a supers platz back in the South Bronx. The free basement apartment and the $80 per month stipend will allow him to pay Mo Felberbaum, the bookie, the $1500 he owes. He keeps his regular job entailing an exhausting daily commute, making for a very long day and leaving much of the degrading supers work to Mary and 12 year old Jimmy. Jimmy attends PS.39 and learns quickly the only way to survive at an all boys junior high school, cited by Look magazine as one of the nations roughest, is with his fists.
Always the dreamer, John decides to book horse bets himself at work. After Mo declines an offer of half the profits in return for bank rolling the modest venture, John borrows $500 from his brother in law and moves ahead. He later learns that Mo is connected and was forbidden by his associates to bankroll John Working with Jews is bad enough but a German? a Kraut? no way! one Sicilian capo was reported to have said scornfully.
The streets of a peaceful city turn into scenes of Hollywood-style assassinations, explosions, and motorcades to killed gangsters’ funerals. The drama unfolding in the novel conveys the tragedy of love and death of those who live in the underworld, as well as innocent people, who happen to cross their way. Messenger of Death presents a gruesome commentary on the state of North American modern society where hard drugs became a lucrative market.
As a wild sea battle between two warring Mexican drug cartels ensues, Chic must navigate through constant conflict as he penetrates deeper into a dark world and searches for clues he hopes will lead him to Renfroe. After he uncovers a money laundering operation infusing billions of dollars of drug money into the world economy, the lair is revealed as bloody conflicts between the cartels come to a head in an ultimate battle for domination. Now only time will tell if Chic can escape the lair, bring the truth to light, and complete his mission to find Renfroe before it is too late.
In this gripping tale, a modern day crime fighter on a quest to find a crime boss uncovers an international money laundering enterprise that places him in grave danger.
When the Australian based Down Under Corporation decides to expand its operation in Asia to Shanghai, it sends their ace trouble shooter Steve Conway to seek out a site.
On arrival in Shanghai Conway meets the beautiful Selina Chan, who unknown to Conway is the right hand of Jao Min who controls the Shanghai underworld.
Jao is being challenged for supremacy by another gangster Du Jing Ling who is determined to take over whatever the cost in human life…one of those lives being that of Steve Conway who finds himself caught in the middle of a savage gang war when Du believes he is aligned with Jao.
Adding to his woes are several attempts on his life one of which, is from a business colleague of Selina and a deadly seduction from the sexy Wendy Han.
Wild exotic women, Batman character impersonators, murderous locals and a host of other intriguing characters make up this tale ranging across Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia and China culminating in Conway facing his greatest danger yet.