Glitz is a story about police, criminals, and the people who inhabit the demimonde in which police and criminals usually operate. It portrays the fashionable resorts of Puerto Rico as well as the island’s slums, where people live on rice and beans. It contrasts the glitzy new Atlantic City, built on greed and suckers’ money, with the decaying Atlantic City of the past, where seniors dread the bulldozers that tear paths for more and yet more gambling palaces.
Vincent Mora goes to Puerto Rico to recuperate from a wound received in a shootout with a junkie in Miami. He becomes emotionally involved with Iris Ruiz, who does not like to be considered a prostitute but who lives by accepting monetary gifts from men who make love to her. Vincent does not know he is being stalked by Teddy Magyk, who plans to kill Vincent for sending him to prison seven and a half years earlier. Teddy shows his viciousness by murdering a Puerto Rican cab driver who becomes curious about him. Vincent eventually uses his contacts with the Puerto Rican police to frighten the stalker into leaving the island.
Coincidentally, Iris is leaving at the same time. She has been offered a job as a “hostess” by Tommy Donovan, an alcoholic multimillionaire who operates resorts in Puerto Rico and Atlantic City. Her career ends abruptly when she is thrown off the eighteenth floor of a luxurious new Atlantic City apartment building.
When Vincent hears of Iris’s death, he decides to investigate. He is handicapped by the fact that as a Miami police officer he has no authority in New Jersey. Not unlike Sam Spade in Dashiell Hammett’s The...
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