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The Old Turk's Load

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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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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...more
Susan Oleksiw
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
Andreasoldier
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...more
Shivesh
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...more
Jessica
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.
Cam
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
William
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
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...more
Michael Martin
Witty and amusing at best.
Dan Downing
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.
Recommended.
Jim
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.
John McKenna
This one is a gas from the first page to the last. By turns, it's as funny as the Pink Panther movies or as hard-boiled as Mickey Spillane, with a double dose of Elmore Leonard thrown in for good measure. Perfect for a lazy summer day.
Jared
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.
Larry
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
Good flavor of the times and the drug scene. A bit of humor lightened the more serious aspects of the novel.
Maggard
This was a slog to read. A number of false-starts and bad characterization.
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Quit listening to the recorded book because it was too predictable.
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