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In the middle of a fitful sleep, I grew conscious of Lucio shaking me. "Come on," he said. "We have business."
"What time is it?" I asked, trying to focus.
"About 2:00 a.m.," Lucio answered. "We got a job to do for Dominick. He wants to take your boat."
I didn't like the sound of this. It might be a setup. I eased my 25-calibre Beretta into my pants pocket when Lucio wasn't looking. My mind was made up. If this was it, I was gonna take Lucio along with me and any of the Lucchese thugs that stood in my way.
"I'm low on gas," I lied, trying to sound matter-of-fact. "Why don't we take your car?" I figured if Lucio drove, he'd be the easier target.
"Okay," he said. "By the way, does your boat have a full tank?"
"Yeah, its full," I said, aware this was gonna be more than a short pleasure cruise... Read More