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The Old Turk's Load

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Angelo DiNoto is the most powerful crime lord in New Jersey, his empire bolstered by pure heroin imported from an old Turkish farmer. But when a five million dollar shipment goes missing during the Newark riots of 1967, DiNoto isn’t the only one willing to turn over every rock—and bust some heads, arms, legs— to locate it. Shady developer Richard Mundi sees the heroin as t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Mysterious Press
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Apr 14, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
I received an audible copy of this book from the narrator (R. C. Bray) in exchange for an honest review.

The Old Turk's Load by Gregory Gibson is a throwback to the dark days of noir, the kind of books that used to be called pulp fiction, with wisecracking lingo, indelible characters, and plenty of action stuffed between lurid covers.

The plot about a drug shipment gone wrong is wild and implausible, just like in the classics, and serves mainly as a framework for Gibson's hardboiled imagery and st
Justin Sorbara-Hosker
Fun. Kind of reminded me of Fletch in spots, though that takes place a few years later (1974, & this is 1967) - but that was the time that MacDonald was living in, while Gibson is looking decidedly backward. Comic crime novels are a rare thing, unfortunately, & this one is pleasing.

Great structure and characters (seems almost like too many at first until you get your head around them), good pacing, refreshing time and place - and no spoilers here, but bonus points for using historical ev
Susan Oleksiw
Jun 22, 2014 Susan Oleksiw rated it really liked it
In 1967 a crime boss is waiting for the delivery of his half-million-dollar order of heroin. The delivery is interrupted by the Newark riots, and a businessman sees his opportunity and collects the package. The heroin soon becomes the fulfillment of a dream for just about everyone who hears about it--the businessman's daughter, her revolutionary boyfriend, a drug addict who's running out of money, a lawyer for the downtrodden, homeless, and other dispossessed, and a few crooked cops. Gibson lead ...more
David S.
Apr 03, 2016 David S. rated it it was ok
The prose was pretty good, pretty hard boiled and descriptive. The story was okay. I thought that there were to many characters and not many of them were very well developed. But what really irked me about this book was the ending. We are led in a fashion, that I can only relate to China Town, towards an end and the discovery of a secret only to discover that there is no secret. Nothing happens. Lame. Gibson, at the very least could have tacked something on, it wouldn't even have taken that much ...more
Jul 10, 2013 Andreasoldier rated it liked it
I read half this book, put it down to read something work-related, and picked it up again.
The opening chapters each introduce different characters, plus a load of herion. As the story, set in the 1960s, moves along, the separate characters, all chasing the herion for various reasons, start becoming tied together, and once the herion surfaces, come apart again as the story closes. There's the Mob faction which buys the load, then loses it during the Newark riots of 1967. It comes into the hands o
John McKenna
Jul 16, 2015 John McKenna rated it it was amazing
Mysterious Book Report No. 105
by John Dwaine McKenna
If you’re old enough to remember the late sixties, you’re certain to have memories of the so-called “Summer of Love”, the hippie movement, the birth of the drug culture, movies like Panic in Needle Park, and The French Connection, and the heroin epidemic that raged in many of the world’s cities . . . but most notably in New York City. RhyolitePress Logo

Heroin is an opiate derived from the alkaloid resin secreted by poppy flowers. The vast major
Jun 02, 2015 Kingsley rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5

Gibson's novels is a enjoyable story set in 1960's New York, following a number of people as they all try to find or deal with a large shipment of drugs. The opening of the book drops you right in the middle, with two street thugs transporting the drugs being accidentally caught in the middle of the 1967 Newark Riots. The drugs then go missing. We then, in rapid succession, get introduced to a ensemble of characters all of whom shall get pulled into the story due to the missing drugs.

Jul 31, 2013 Shivesh rated it liked it
Shelves: mysterious
A criminal operetta involving vicious mob bosses, crooked cops, a shady private eye, a bent businessman and a group of incompetent anarchists all intent on manipulating for their own ends the Macguffin of this entire sordid affair: the "Old Turk's Load", namely a shipment of uncut Afghani heroin destined for the dank streets of Newark.

The Turk here refers to Mr. D, a mob boss who has his stash stolen during the Newark riots of the late sixties. He is peripherally involved in the goings-on, and r
Apr 14, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, noir
A fast paced excellent neo noir set in the late 1960s. This book is gritty, edgy, and a quick read. The writing is almost cinematic in nature and I would love to see this made into a motion picture.
Jun 30, 2013 Cam rated it really liked it
Nice noir-ish mystery set in 1960's New Jersey with a complex circle of naïve and not-so naïve characters circling around a lost load of heroin. A somewhat stupid private eye is hired by a real estate developer to track his revolutionary daughter. They all want to get or keep access to the heroin and use it for their own ends, but the mob wants it back. Desires and happenstance combine to create havoc. It mostly works out in the end and there's a teaser about maybe another mystery. I'd give it a ...more
Aug 19, 2013 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir, postmodern
A gripping neo-nior thriller set in Newark, New York and Gloucester, MA in 1965. The Old Turk's Load is a quick read, with a clean and crisp style reminiscent of Horace McCoy. The chapters are brief scenes focusing on one or more characters at a time, giving the reader access to multiple narrative threads in a quick and fast-paced form. The beginning moves along at a moderate pace, but once all the elements are aligned, the pace quickens and I was hard pressed to put the book down for the last 1 ...more
Andrew Kleimola
Dec 14, 2013 Andrew Kleimola rated it liked it
I considered abandoning this book early. Too many characters are introduced, and I had a difficult time getting into any of there stories. The book began to pick up after the introductions were completed, but only enough to keep me wanting to know how it ended.

Despite the promise in the description of an Elmore Leonard-ish crime noir mystery, I found no trace of Leonard in the novel, least of all in the characters and dialogue. It is written well-enough; I think the biggest problem is that ther
Michael Martin
Feb 11, 2014 Michael Martin rated it it was ok
Witty and amusing at best.
Dan Downing
May 15, 2013 Dan Downing rated it really liked it
A rollicking Chandleresque chase. Odd characters, kookie plot, Sixties milieu, good bad guys and bad good guys and bad bad guys all juggled with skill and humor, albeit it dark.
A good time, first time neo-noir by an old hand at writing.
Oct 21, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
An interesting noirish romp revolving around a misplaced load of uncut heroin that the former owners (mafia) and several other interested parties decide to get their hands on. Somewhat like a Tarantino film. Short choppy chapters that move the story along.
Dec 18, 2013 Jared rated it liked it
Has a certain pleasure to the crime caper, bit soon gets very crowded with too many characters and asides. Also, it is one of those rare books that suffers from being too fast-paced.
May 24, 2013 Larry rated it liked it
Quirky crime books have grown in number (see P. G. Sturges). Gibson is a good example. He's a good writer, but reading about a dozen quirky people makes me a little crazy.
Andy Plonka
Aug 25, 2013 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
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Good flavor of the times and the drug scene. A bit of humor lightened the more serious aspects of the novel.
Sep 07, 2013 Maggard rated it it was ok
This was a slog to read. A number of false-starts and bad characterization.
Jun 22, 2013 Jayw added it
Various schemers via for stolen mob heroin during 1967 Newark riots
Aug 12, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
Quit listening to the recorded book because it was too predictable.
Nov 21, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Dec 16, 2013 Mimi rated it it was ok
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