When Berlin flatly denies ever having received Joplin's play, young Niederhoffer engages the services of hit man Footsie Vinny, who gives Berlin a five-day deadline to come up with the manuscript. Then, just when things couldn't get worse, Niederhoffer's girlfriend is kidnapped. Can the ailing musician be exonerated before it is too late?
Well researched novel with hardly a real emotion to be found. Characterizations are melodramatic, occasionally almost cartoonish, not helped by comic opera narration and some painfully bad accents. Not recommended.
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