On New Year's Eve, Jimmy Gambar (nee Gambuzza) storms out of Windows on the World restaurant, leaving his uptight girlfriend, her ridiculous gift of a hot pink silk tie, and the diamond blaze of the Brooklyn Bridge behind. At thirty-eight, Jimmy's precise, architect's life plan has just fallen apart, undermined by his would-be fiancee's manic drive to reinvent him. Later that night, trouble hits big...a sleazy downtown bar, a shady lady with a switchblade in his Soho loft, an accidental fall against a metal lamp. Now Jimmy has a dead woman's body to deal with, and only one person to turn to; his brother Gus. Driving across the bridge to Brooklyn with a body rolled up in an oriental carpet locked in the trunk, Jimmy has the feeling that Gus is taking him back to sixteenth-century Sicily.