Isaac Sidel, the ex-First Deputy of New York City, is at his lowest ebb. A wounded romantic, he now lives a lonely existence at a grimy hotel on West Forty-seventh street, lamenting the death of Blue Eyes Coen, his most favoured cop, and the waywardness of his daughter, Marilyn the Wild. Still blighted by the Guzmanns, the ruthless criminal family, and ravaged with bitterness and guilt, Isaac yet falls in love with Annie, a beguiling Irish prostitute with a dark secret. Secret Isaac trails our forlorn hero from New York's political halls to the depths of Dublin's Joycean underworld as, on her behalf, he pursues a terrible and exacting revenge.
Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx in 1937, and is the author of more than thirty books, including Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace And Magical Land and The Black Swan. He has lived in Barcelona, Houston, Austin and San Francisco and now divides his time between New York and Paris, where he teaches film theory at the American University and writes regularly for Cahiers du Cinema.