Mob Blog: Oil Man, May 21, 2013
Sitting on my terrace with the Louisiana oil man, Jay Connolly. Jay's an old friend, and a good fifteen years older than me. Jay knew my father. In fact, it was my old man who bankrolled him in the beginning, when he was a wildcatter down on the gulf. Jay's a character. His wife died years ago, and every couple of months he has a new girlfriend. They all look like the type Victor goes for: trashy.
Jay doesn't have his girl with him today. He's a little beleaguered and out of sorts. He doesn't like Palm Beach, considers it a little too prissy and liberal, yet he had his pilot fly him in on his Gulfstream this morning. Jay called me from the air above Mobile, letting me know he was en-route. Now he's sitting beneath the overhang on my terrace with a glass of Booker's Single Barrel Bourbon (he brought his own), telling me he has a problem. He wants my help "eliminating an obstacle". I know who he's talking about. A hard-ass victim's rights attorney doing a class action. "It's a tricky situation," he says. "It has to look like an accident."
I give him a long look. I can see he's worried. I say, "I hope you saved some of your money. My guy's expensive."
Patricia Bellomo is the author of the Louie Morelli mob series. Her books include Louie Morelli's Mistress, Stella di Mare, & Louie Morelli's Daughter. This blog is written in the voice of her main character, Louie Morelli. Books available at Amazon & B&N. Also in ebook format.