Junior Bender is a career criminal. He’s also a detective but he only works for other criminals. So when the cops want him to work on a case, well, they have to use a little leverage. And one Detective DiGaudio knows how to do that. He threatens to frame Junior for a crime he didn’t commit, but will let him go if Junior investigates the strange case of one Vincent DiGaudio. Yes, it’s the cop’s uncle.
But an uncle who was involved in the music business in Philadelphia in the Fifties, a guy who set up young men to be singing superstars (the LITTLE ELVISES of the title in this book by Timothy Hallinan), all of whom flamed out after one (or maybe even fewer) hits. And oh definitely yes, Vincent DiGaudio is shall we say, connected.