Down and Dirty
The stories in this volume tell of the events in New York City involving two outbreaks; the outbreak of a gang war between the Mafia and the Shadow Fists gangs controlled by Kien Phuc, a war which soon spills out of control into the streets of New York. Against this backdrop, the second outbreak occurs; the outbreak of a new, mutant strain of Wild Card virus, courtesy of the ever-shifting powers of The Sleeper, "Typhoid Croyd" Crenson. This version is different in that it can overwrite the original strain, so that even Aces and Jokers are not safe.
|"Only the Dead Know Jokertown"||John J. Miller||Yeoman infiltrates Kien's gang as things heat up in New York's underworld.|
|"All the King's Horses"||George R. R. Martin||The Great and Powerful Turtle must find a way to get back into his shell.|
|"Concerto for Siren and Serotonin"||Roger Zelazny||The Sleeper is hired by the Mob to do a few "special" hits, but is unaware of his contagion.|
|"Breakdown"||Leanne C. Harper||Mafia princess turned district attorney Rosemary Muldoon gets Bagabond and Sewer Jack unwillingly involved in the growing gang war.|
|"Jesus Was an Ace"||Arthur Byron Cover||Reverend Leo Barnett saves Quasiman's life.|
|"Blood Ties"||Melinda M. Snodgrass||Dr. Tachyon helps Jokertown prepare to defend itself during the gang war.|
|"The Second Coming of Buddy Holly"||Edward Bryant||An Aids-Wild Card awareness concert may bring rocker Buddy Holly -- who is still alive in this universe—out of retirement, and will change his life more than he knows.|
|"The Hue of a Mind"||Stephen Leigh||An Arab woman with precognition sees the secrets of Puppetman.|
|"Addicted to Love"||Pat Cadigan||The parasitic Ti Malice has come to New York, looking for new "mounts" to live through.|
|"Takedown"||Leanne C. Harper||The Mob turns against Rosemary as the war goes against them.|
|"Mortality"||Walter Jon Williams||Being killed once has given Modular Man a fear of Death that propels his efforts to hunt down The Sleeper.|
The stories "Only the Dead Know Jokertown", "All the King's Horses", "Concerto for Siren and Serotonin", and "Blood Ties" are told in recurring chapters which alternate with the other stories throughout the book.
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