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In Fusilli's cryptic noir, the nameless 41-year-old drifter introduced in 2012's Road to Nowhere continues to hit the road in the wake of his wife's death. He stops at a small Arizona copper-mining town, where he tells a woman he meets in a bar, Ginger, that his name is J.J. A wiry guy in the bar, Boone Stillwell, calls J.J. an old man and makes threatening moves. J.J. prefers to turn down the heat, but ends up smashing a beer mug in Boone's face. J.J. leaves the bar, accompanied by Ginger, with whom he has a one-night stand. He later travels to Memphis, where he gets entangled with another woman. Thousands of miles away, Francis Cherry, a Wall Street powerbroker with a mysterious vendetta, sends henchmen to find J.J. Meanwhile, the now recovered but still humiliated Boone begins to pursue the drifter, too. Spare prose only partially redeems the obscure plot. (Sept.)
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Some know him as Sam. Others know him as J.J. Walk or other names. Still others know him as Donald Harry Bliss. In a sense the man once known as Donald Harry Bliss is dead though he still lives. His wife is dead and he is drifting--literally and figuratively. The powerful Wall-Street mogul Francis Cherry still wants to get him. Unfortunately, good help is so hard to find and former MI6 operative Ian Goldworthy hasn't proven to be good help, let alone any real help at all, despite his alleged talents …
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