By Dan Fante

In l. a., suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time under the influence of alcohol Bruno Dante is jobless back. The ebook of his publication of brief tales has been cast off indefinitely. looking out the wish advertisements for a gig, he unearths a chauffeur activity. while Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former long island enterprise David Koffman, who's starting a West Coast department of his thriving limo provider. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood below one situation: 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 universal demons from getting the easiest of him another time.

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I’m picking up a Lincoln Town Car,” Koffman went on. “You’ll drive me—us—around for the rest of the day and I’ll begin your indoctrination as the first Dav-Ko employee at the California branch. Dav-Ko Hollywood. ” “Sounds good,” I said. Koffman was never less than a hundred percent business. “I’ve been working with a Realtor,” he went on. “We’ve found a furnished duplex on Selma Avenue, near Highland, near Hollywood High. It’s the perfect launch pad for the new company. The bottom floor is commercial space—a former doctor’s office—and the second floor has two bedrooms and there’s a full kitchen.

Eyes clear. Good close shave. I’d been sweating through my shirt as usual and my tie had a stain—snot or food or something—but it wasn’t that noticeable. I smoothed my hair down with my fingers and that was that. To quiz myself on my bogus work history I unclamped the envelope and took a last look at my résumé. If Koffman required a document that showed management in addition to straight chauffeuring, no problem, I was ready. I had one. It was ten-thirty and after the breakfast rush, so the Formosa wasn’t busy and I was able to find a booth with a window.

And additionally, I think I’m coming down with something. It isn’t a hangover. ” Koffman rolled his eyes. “We’re almost done. Can’t you just calm down. I’ll pay the ticket. Your car will be fine. ” “I know what we were discussing, David. ” “Will you be straight with me about something: Have you been drinking this morning? ” I whisper-yelled. “I’m saying that the owner of that company—the main guy—the prick that ran the coin place—was a Middle Eastern anal-retentive Taliban fuck. I lied, okay? They didn’t reorganize the company.

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