Peter Plate. Angels of Catastrophe (2001) 218 pp. [tpo]
Publisherís description: ďA cop is gunned down and unless Ricky Durrutti, a petty criminal with a short biography and a long rap sheet, can figure out who the real shooter is, heís a dead man. From Huntís Donuts, opposite where the killing took place, to his room in the El Capitán Hotel, from the blue glass and steel Federal Building off Golden Gate Avenue to the Ritmo Latino record store, and from the Roxie Cinema on 16th Street to the ramshackle Victorian homes of Treat Street where Lonely Boy lives, the chase is on. Salvadoreño gangs and Mexicans, cops and Jewish gangsters, drag queens and heroin addicts, speed freaks and low rent hookers, low-lives rising to the challenge of making sense of murder.Ē The fourth work in the authorís Mission Quartet, set in San Franciscoís Mission District.