Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 21:42:24 -0400

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Full Cleveland; "Subway Series" and NYPL again


This is from FULL CLEVELAND by Les Roberts ("A Milan Jacovich novel"),

St. Martin's Press, 1989, pg. 40:

He was medium-size, if you happened to be talking about Cape buffalos,

about six foot six and pushing two eighty, and not much of it was fat either.

His reddish sideburns came down level with the bottoms of his rather

pendulous earlobes, and his cinnamon brown eyes peered out of a round face

that looked as though a six-year-old had fashioned it out of pinkish

Play-Doh. His mustache drooped at the ends and was the same ginger color as

his thinning hair. The loud breathing came through a nose that had long ago

been broken and that hadn't been set properly. His skin had the kind of

pallor that comes from a lot of years out of the sun--like in the

penitentiary out ofthe sun. He was wearing the type of lowbrow outfit that

unkind newspaper columnists have dubbed the "Full Cleveland"--a polyester

leisure suit, this one in bilious lime green, over an open beige sports shirt

with a vaguely Western design on the points of the collar. A white belt

bisected his paunch and a pair of matching shiny white shoes with a few black

scuff marks on the toes completed the ensemble. I couldn't be sure, but I

thought it was the guy in the Toyota who had tailed me home from Joseph

Zito's office.

He was some piece of work.

"Are you Milan Jacovish?" he said. He pronounced it correctly, as

though the first letter were a Y.

"Hello," I said.

He had a nice smile, open and friendly. "My name is Buddy Bustamente."