By Steve Monroe
A slice of underworld existence, '57, Chicago is a fact-based fictional thriller.
The banker's dead—a mob killing with repercussions. Money's tied up. 3 males are on a collision course:
Al. He's a layoff bookie, thinks he can reside as a intermediary among his clients and the Outfit. His credo: by no means take a position.
The Lip. determined and unsafe, he's a struggle promoter attempting to create the struggle of a lifetime.
The Hammer. a superb black wish. He's a boxer, thrust into an uncomfortable limelight. a possible heavyweight champ, his greatest struggle is with himself.
The law enforcement officials swarm. The gangsters rage. One evening. One struggle. No manner they could all win. The heat's excessive, the stakes are excessive and the outcome's most unlikely to foretell. The secret: Who makes it out alive? It's a bloody, savage evening in '57, Chicago.
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But whatever the vantage-point at which he has been placed by nature or fate, if he wishes to know men, let him speak little when he is in their company. A man learns nothing when he talks; he learns by listening. Which is why those who talk the most are, in the ordinary run of things, fools. You who would tread this thorny path should never lose sight of the fact that a novelist is a man of nature. Nature created him to be her portraitist. * But if he acquires the burning desire to write about everything, if he experiences a frisson as he unveils nature’s bosom to draw from it his art and his models, if he has the talent and ﬁre of genius, then he should follow wherever the beckoning hand leads him, for he has guessed the human riddle and will paint humanity’s portrait.
You who would tread this thorny path should never lose sight of the fact that a novelist is a man of nature. Nature created him to be her portraitist. * But if he acquires the burning desire to write about everything, if he experiences a frisson as he unveils nature’s bosom to draw from it his art and his models, if he has the talent and ﬁre of genius, then he should follow wherever the beckoning hand leads him, for he has guessed the human riddle and will paint humanity’s portrait. Governed by his imagination, he must yield to it and embellish what he sees.
Now all discerning minds will certainly support us when we say that this crucial knowledge is acquired only through suﬀering and travel. You must have encountered men of all nations to know them, and you must have been their victim to know how to value them. The hand of misfortune, which elevates the character of those it brings low, gives its victim the right perspective from which to study others. He observes them from a distance, just as the passenger observes the angry waves break against the rocks on which the storm has driven his ship.