In a shocking New York underworld populated by a constellation of punks, low lifes, thugs, nymphs, vice lords and bag men, Patrick Silver is an eccentric giant. An ex-cop, he once served under the now disgraced First Deputy Isaac Sidel. But now his life has taken a peculiar turn. He's been hired as a bodyguard to Jeronimo Guzmann, the most fiendish of a family of Peruvian pimps who have been plaguing Isaac Sidel. Isaac's out for revenge, and he's sure that Patrick can help him find the 'lipstick freak', a perverted murderer who has been stalking the New York skyline, painting the faces of little boys before he kills them. But when Patrick becomes distracted by the irresistible Odile Guzmann, helping out Isaac is the last thing on his mind.
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.