As a hit man, Max Trueblood never left the house without a gun. Now that he's retired, he doesn't always pack heat. This is a mistake. When he returns home one day from the grocery store, he finds his apartment broken into and two thugs waiting with a summons from their boss. Trueblood scares them off, but he knows it isn't over. He is officially unretired.
"Brings to mind The Winter of Frankie Machine"
Bryan Murphy is chasing a rapist down the sidewalk when he feels the pain in his chest. Before he knows it, he's in the hospital and his days in the NYPD are finished. Quitting the force isn't enough; he needs to get out of the city. He needs to move to Los Angeles. It doesn't take long for Murphy to tire of clean living and California sunshine. He's on the beach one afternoon when he sees a fellow lost soul - a recently released inmate with nothing to do but stare into the ocean and pray for his luck to turn around.
Four months ago Beau Epstein watched his parents die. For 14 years he lived with his family in the jungle village of Santa María, ignoring the outside world. It was paradise until the civil war came to find them. His parents were gunned down in the streets, and Beau found himself suddenly alone in the world. His grandfather, an old-school Hollywood mogul, sends for the child.
Two mismatched cops search Los Angeles for a pair of bloodthirsty killers. On the night he escapes the asylum, Tom does not take his medication. He slips out of bed soon after lights out, pockets a knife, and goes looking for a guard. At knifepoint, he takes the man's clothes, cuts his throat, and walks out of the institution a free man. His brother is waiting outside the gate. They have work to do.
Spaceman and Blue track a trio of Vietnam veterans with murder on their minds. As Saigon erupts into chaos, General Tran walks with the easy calm of a man with a plan. After years of working with the Americans, he has no intention of being left behind in Vietnam, and so he has arranged for an escape route. He is nearly home free when he hears footsteps behind him in the darkened alley. He knows then that he will never leave Saigon alive.