The year is 1933. The economy has collapsed. Joblessness and homelessness have sent families on treks across America seeking the grail of basic survival. Despite refrigeration, which has replaced blocks of ice covered in sawdust and canvas, powerful automobiles, trains, planes and other engineering wonders, the country has turned into one long dusty soup line.
Who had money? Not Tucker Hammond, a Word War I veteran and ex-cop, or his wife Emma, who land on their lonely trek in Palisades Park, a New Jersey town of sordid trickeries and deceit. The Hammonds have come to meet Michael Fitzgerald, a butcher out to avenge his father’s murder and the evil done by his mother, a prostitute, and her lover, a depraved sex fiend.
About the Author
George Beck was born and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of Trounce: A Suspense Thriller, and Images of America: Palisades Park. His crime fiction stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey, and Yellow Mama magazine. He’s written articles for NJ Cops Magazine. He’s a police detective, adjunct professor, and PhD student.
Renato Bratkovič and Eddie Vega at the Irish Haven in Brooklyn, where several important scenes from Martin Scorsese‘s crime film The Departed were shot. The area where the Irish pub is located is called Sunset Park. Before 1965, along with neighboring Bay Ridge, it was generally referred to as South Brooklyn. This was the setting of the 20th Century’s greatest literary crime noir novel Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.
The film version of Last Exit was shot in Red Hook and the old Todd Ship Yards; the bar scenes were shot in Montero’s, a downtown bar frequented by merchant sailors.
But the novel refers to soldiers shipping out, not merchant sailors. The soldiers passed through the Brooklyn Army Terminal by the water front, about five blocks from the Irish Haven. It also makes a direct reference to the subway entrance on 59th Street and Fourth Avenue.
Bratkovič is the first Slovenian crime writer to make the pilgrimage.
Here is a critical scene from The Departed at the Irish Haven pool table.
Here is Bratkovič at the same pool table, trying to match the pain on DiCaprio’s face.
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Here are some still images from the film…