By Dan Fante
In l. a., suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time inebriated Bruno Dante is jobless back. The booklet of his booklet of brief tales has been eliminate indefinitely. looking the wish advertisements for a gig, he reveals a chauffeur activity. while Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former big apple company David Koffman, who's establishing a West Coast department of his thriving limo provider. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood lower than one : he needs to stay sober. yet speedy enterprise good fortune triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his previous prevalent demons from getting the simplest of him all over again.
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Back in the house Cecil directed me to a room on the ground floor at the end of a hall. Its door was made of thick wood and armed with a double lock denying access to his wife and daughter and any other uninvited meddler. Inside was a sort of half museum, half shrine where Rick alone was boss. Everything in the room, even the stale cigarette smell, enforced the personality of its excessive, troubled occupant. I felt him there behind me—leering—furious with me for encroaching on his privacy. Across the room in one corner was his large drawing board, its surface a disorganized collage of unfinished automobile sketches and clipped newspaper articles.
Eddie Bunker, the writer, once told me the secret to brawling: Always get in the first punch. This putz had it coming. Eddie would have been proud. A nice surprise left hook to the cheek, à la Bernard Hopkins. The guy looked shocked. He grabbed his face then fell against Che-Che as his camera hit the ground and broke. ’s granddaughter into my limo. As we pulled away, “Laker Cap” was still standing on the sidewalk holding his face. ’s hand was on my arm. ” “No big deal,” I said. “I don’t like being strong-armed.
Three weeks after the madness of my accident, Koffman and Francisco left town and he turned the day-to-day running of Dav-Ko over to me. Portia had kept her word about the incident and managed to contain my folly. And wisely, to cover my ass, I’d cut back on the booze. In effect Portia and I were now nearly partners in running the company. As planned her dispatcher hours were expanded. Her new schedule was six days a week. m. m. except for our busy weekend twelve hour shifts. After the few days of us working at close quarters it became apparent to me that Darforth-Keats’s personality had two single overriding characteristics.