I love surprises, and THE OLD TURK’S LOAD is one of them. Gregory Gibson is the highly regarded if non-prolific author of three nonfiction works. At an age when most individuals would be not merely contemplating but actively engaged in retirement, Gibson has published an instantly memorable debut, a complex, occasionally darkly comic novel that exceeds its own promise on all levels.
The MacGuffin of the book is a shipment of heroin --- the “Old Turk’s Load” of the title --- that quickly goes astray within hours after initially being acquired by the minions of New Jersey crime boss Angelo DiNoto. The shipment quickly finds it