By Tony O'Neill
After arduous their assets within the slums of l. a., a junkie and his spouse settle in London's ''murder mile,'' the city's so much violent and criminally corrupt part. Persevering earlier failed remedies, chronic temptation, city ennui, and his wife's ruinous demise want, the anonymous narrator fights to reclaim his lifestyles.
In prose which may peel paint from a motor vehicle, Tony O'Neill re-creates the painfully comedian, usually tragic days of a convalescing heroin addict.
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I ran, gasping for air, knocked over an old hooker, and lost them by the McDonald’s near the train station. Similar scenes repeated themselves a dozen times or more. Susan sat around the room, chain-smoking and depressed, and I would set out every morning—like a man attempting to look for gainful employment—in an attempt to make a connection for heroin. Having never scored heroin in London, I assumed that the street-dealing scene would be identical to that of Los Angeles. That I would be able to walk up to any dealer, hand over my money, and walk away with drugs.
I should have never gone . . Fuck! ” I went to the bathroom and peeled off my bloody jeans, trying to wash the dirt out of the wound as best I could. Susan popped her head in the door after a few minutes. “You could have been busted,” she said, quietly. “I know. Or killed. Imagine that. Killed on Christmas Eve by a speeding cop car. Jesus! ” 24 DOWN AND OUT ON MURDER MILE —— Susan smiled a little and said, “Pretty funny, huh? ” I just glowered at her. “No,” I told her eventually. ” “Did you get the rock?
Susan’s 28 DOWN AND OUT ON MURDER MILE mother was eager to see us leave the United States, even paid for our plane tickets. Susan and I were convinced the airport cops were gonna pounce on us before we even made it to the plane. ” they’d yell. ” They’d hold us down and read the litany of crimes: my being in the country illegally for over a year. Possession and use of controlled substances. Thousands of dollars in bounced checks, ripped bank accounts, unpaid rent. The $15,000 stolen from Susan’s old job.