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Michael Dibiaso arrives back from his tour of duty in Vietnam as a disillusioned man. He receives word of his mother's failing health which moves him to return home where he finds a lot of things have changed since he has been gone. When his brother Sergio is shot but escapes with his life, he asks Michael to aid him in a plan that has revenge written all over it. Michael initially wants nothing to do with this but when Sergio sweetens the offer with the promise of riches, Michael is finally hooked. The Dibiaso boys are about to discover that messing with the New York Mafia tends to go very badly when not thought through properly in Michael John Cruit's Pallbearers And Plastic Flowers.
Michael John Cruit's action story has a Vietnam veteran returning home to an unusual adventure. The characters are exquisitely put together as their origin stories show an impressive amount of detail. Cruit accurately captures the general mood in America during those years of the Vietnam War. The conversation between the characters is interesting to follow as he laces the sibling banter with the kind of emotional memories that the reader will instantly relate to. Emily's interaction with Michael opens up a hidden, softer facet of his personality that feels completely at odds with his battle-hardened and analytic exterior. This is interesting to follow as it unfolds. Cruit adds a little bit of romance and a huge helping of drama to a classic mob-styled tale of revenge that will appeal to die-hard action genre fans. Pallbearers And Plastic Flowers is an absolute delight to read.