A Puerto Rican gang leader goes to war for control of the South Bronx

The Department of Corrections makes a mistake when it grants parole to a young man named Teenager. After a few years in jail for dealing narcotics, the young Puerto Rican immigrant promises the parole board that he has gone straight. But Teenager has no intention of abandoning his life of crime. He dreams only of money, and will do anything to make himself rich.

When Teenager enters business with the Lucchese family, whose boss has a line on the purest heroin in New York, success seems all but assured—until a scorching affair between the boss’s wife and a young lawyer named Maximo threatens to ruin the entire operation. Their passion is instantaneous, but Teenager will make certain that before they can be together, the Bronx is going to burn.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jimmy Breslin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

ABOUT Jimmy Breslin


    Jimmy Breslin (b. 1930) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has, for more than fifty years, been among the most prominent columnists in the United States. Born in Queens, New York, Breslin has worked in New York City newsrooms since the 1940s. He has been a columnist since 1963, when he won national attention by covering John F. Kennedy’s assassination from the emergency room in the Dallas Hospital and, later, from the point of view of the President’s gravedigger at Arlington Cemetery. He has run for citywide office on a secessionist platform, befriended and been beaten up by mobsters, and received letters from the Son of Sam during the serial killer’s infamous 1977 spree. Known as one of the best-informed journalists in the city, Breslin’s years of insightful reporting won him a Pulitzer in 1986, awarded for “columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens.” Although he stopped writing his weekly column for Newsday in 2004, Breslin still writes books, having produced nearly two dozen to date. He lives in Manhattan and continues to write.

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