When Mickey fixes the big Riverton-Haverhill basketball game by bribing Chuckker Washington to shave just a few points, Mickey clears enough coin to persuade Mickey’s Haverhill associate, a leg-breaker named Danny Donnelly, to introduce Mickey to Aunt Sosha. Seeing possibilities for OxyContin in Riverton, Aunt Sosha sends Mickey home to start the business... but Aunt Sosha and her friend, Avram, an interrogator once dismissed from the Mossad for excessive zeal, hold Mickey’s buddy, Bughouse, hostage.
Maybe it would have all worked out if Mickey hadn’t been traveling with Madge. Madge is obsessed with the idea that she may be unreal, and the girl has a point. Her hymen grows back, no one in Riverton sickens or dies, no one has substantial memories. She feels the Eyes on her far too often, and her memory lapses disturb her. So when Bughouse is terrified of the comic book he finds, something called Archie, though Madge won’t let on, she is concerned. What could be worse than being a minor character in someone else’s dream?
But there is no time for philosophy. Before Mickey can slide into his usual booth at the Daddy Kane’s All-American Burger Shoppe and sell the first milligram of Oxy, Juice sees his old nemesis with his girl. Juice confuses Mickey’ head with a baseball, and since Juice is carrying a Louisville Slugger, he tries to hit a home-run... What else could Mickey do except reach for his Smith and Wesson .38?
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