Holding The Bag
When a bag full of cash falls from the sky on Sparkling Clearwater Beach and lands a few yards away from Al and his current sales-call-prospect, M.J., he and the young beauty are carried into the terrifying world of Giacomo ‘Jimmy’ ( the Freak) Pelagatti, an Old School Tampa gangster who is the current owner of the cash.
What seems at first like an opportunity to do the right thing turns quickly More
Working his new job, Al meets M.J., a young woman working in a gift store on Clearwater Beach. Leaving the store he is startled by a sound in the alleyway. Investigating, he finds a large utility bag full cash. He is joined by M.J. and as they are discussing what should be done a small airplane flies low overhead. This begins a mystery involving the source of the money and a life and death struggle between the gangsters and the good guys.
The money currently belongs to a cold-blooded Tampa gangster, Giacomo, ‘Jimmy’ (The Freak’) Pelagatti, and accidentally fell from his airplane in route to Jimmy’s Yucatan hideaway. Jimmy wants his bag of cash back, of course, and finds a way to kidnap M.J. who has now become a love interest for Al. Al goes to Carter (C.B.), his long time friend, for help and the two men must find and rescue M.J. before a midnight deadline set by the evil Jimmy who has now M.J. flown to his Yucatan hideaway. Al and C.B. discover where M.J. has been taken and set out to accomplish her deliverance.
The major domo of El Castillo, Benigno “Bennie” Bosisio, is a handsome hulk of a man with a well developed sense of sexual cruelty and a history of violence and death. M.J. is in more than one kind of danger. He becomes obsessed with his perverted intentions for M.J., talking and revealing so much to her that she soon knows she will certainly be killed regardless of what deals are made with the gangsters about the cash. Bennie even reveals a secret cenote (‘say-no-tay’, an underground waterway) to M.J., located beneath El Castillo and housing a huge vault where Jimmy stores money, guns, supplies, drugs and other booty. In the cenote there is an inflatable boat and emergency egress to the Caribbean from the cenote.
Shortly after flying into Cancun where a tropical storm is churning offshore, Al and C.B. meet and team up with three brothers (Mendez) who, between rain showers from the storm offshore, are dynamiting a well for their future restaurant, nearly blowing Al and C.B. off the road. Behind the brother’s restaurant is a large cenote they intend to use to promote their new restaurant. With the brother’s dynamiting aid they successfully rescue M.J. only to have to return immediately to El Castillo where Al, C.B. and M.J. are all forced into another harrowing escape attempt. With unexpected help they are forced to use the inflatable boat in the cenote to attempt escape. The evil Bennie, of course, is not happy with this. And he is in grave danger from Jimmy if he loses his hostage.
The three escapees hide out in a local hotel to get some needed rest. They plan a daring return to El Castillo to obtain evidence (a ledger) M.J. had seen in the underground vault, hoping it will put the gangsters away and that they’ll be safe from retribution in the future. They are aware and deeply troubled that without a solid legal remedy, they would eventually be hunted down and killed - or they would have to become the hunters and eliminate their evil enemies…
…The unexpected climax to “Holding The Bag” will leave you waiting for more of Al, C.B., and M.J..
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