The Deal and The Descent are Volumes 3 and 4 of the four-part series: The Charlie Cooke
It is a film-noir-style-hard-boiled-detective-fiction-crime-drama.
Our hero, Charlie Cooke, is a gritty detective who strives to find veracity in a crooked city.
Throughout parts 3 and 4, he struggles with dames, deals, deaths, Deuces, and other delusional
dilemmas that start with the letter "D".
Periodically, he conveys these conflicts through narration, often using ridiculous metaphors and
The Deal and the Descent is a stylistic, and often cliché ridden, look at an era where the
thin lines between right
and wrong were easily rubbed-out.
Charlie Cooke is The Hero. A hard-boiled, conflicted detective with a heart of lead.
Jack McCormick is
The Boss. A stressed Irish police chief with drinking and marital problems.
Vinnie "the Wop" Videcci is
The Villain. An overweight, influential mobster with a shrewd sense of humor.....
Trixie Harmon is
The Femme Fatale. A rarely distressed damsel with a classy attitude and legs to boot.
The Crony. A shady criminal with a devil-may-care attitude and a butterfly knife he flips
Robert "Bobby" Roberts is
The Kid. A respectable young cadet with a heart of gold. His late father was Charlie's partner.
Frangela "Frannie" Burkowsky is
The Sweetheart. A trendy young waitress with a soft spot for detectives.
The Patron. A scruffy customer at the diner.
The Thug. A silent henchman who shadows Vinnie.