(Note: Button Man is a short story that also appears in the larger collection, Daggyland #1, by the same author.
New York City is the center of world fashion.
Funny thing is, the men who manufacture those gorgeous clothes are a cut above thugs.
When Frank returns from the Korean War, he lands himself a job in the Garment Center, an insular cesspool filled with graft and corruption.
If you want to keep your job, you keep your mouth shut.
Then one day, Frank’s buddy Phelan comes to town. He’s as pure as the driven snow. Incorruptible.
The fashion world is about to get a shake-up.
In this Runyonesque tale set in New York in the 1950s, innocence clashes against the reality of the gritty marketplace.
Written by a recent Derringer Award Winner, this short story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
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