“The Old Turk’s Load is a hoot, a neo-noir that just zips along.” Stewart O’Nan
Angelo DiNoto is a powerful crime lord in 1967, his empire bolstered by importing pure heroin from an old Turkish farmer. But when a five-million-dollar shipment goes missing during the Newark riots, DiNoto isn’t the only one to turn over very rockand bust some heads, arms, and legsto find it.
A shady developer sees the heroin as the key to rejuvenating his fading business. His daughter Gloria, literally in bed with a band of wannabe revolutionaries, thinks the stash could be her ticket out of her father’s purview. “Mailman,” a longtime postal clerk disfigured by cancer, thinks finding the drugs is the perfect cap to a failed life. With this wild cast of characters running rampant through Newark and Manhattan, Gibson’s debut is a twisting crime novel whose disparate threads lead directly to an unforgettable showdown over the so-called “old Turk’s load.”“First novels aren’t supposed to be as much fun as The Old Turk’s Load.” Palm Beach Post
“The Old Turk’s Load is a marvel of Chandleresque plotting, with a deeply felt and utterly real ’60s setting and a heart as big as all outdoors.” Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Kill All Your Darlings
“Gregory Gibson is a deft and deadpan master mechanic trained in Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard’s shop. He leads a droll cast of rogues and thugs with confidence through every surprising twist in this highly entertaining modern pulp mischief.” Michael Malone, author of the Justin Savile and Cuddy Mangum novels