A group of college students and a mob-connected friend maintain their bond from high school when one is murdered by the Boston Strangler.
Being half-Jewish half-Italian in the 1950’s at Massachusetts Medford High Schooler was unique for Michael Waxman. Finding his identity with his Jewish friends through a Hebrew youth organization, AZA, Waxman and his friends encounter anti-Semitism by Italian peers. Surprisingly, Carli Santa, an ally and a gangster, helps to keep remarks to a minimum and joins Waxman and his Jewish friends while still nurturing his mob-like upbringing.
In parallel time, Boston Latin School honor student, Edmund Sorelli lives in Italian East Boston with his blonde, unwed, nurse mother. Sorelli studies hard as an outlet for his sense of isolation and dysfunctional family, as his mother, Rosaly Sorelli, frequents bars, men and booze on the weekends. His mother doesn’t know who Edmund’s father was and doesn’t care. Sorelli vows to punish his mother and any girl at Boston Latin who behaves like her.
Since high school, the five Medford High students continue to meet on a monthly basis at the College Deli. Michael Waxman is now a third-year medical student at Boston University and shares graduate school stories and angst with his high school friend and third-year dental student, Wendell Golden. Melvin Slinger chose a legal direction and is finishing Harvard Law School. Carli Santo, the only non-Jew, had been in the auto-mechanical vocational high school program and apprenticed to a mob-connected chop-shop auto dealer, and now has his own non-legal business. The female of the group, Deborah Sterling is a young nurse eight years out of high school, still single and without romantic attachments.
Edmund Sorelli has left the Army Military Police with a trail of three murders in Europe–each victim a young, blonde nurse. He laughs and scoffs at the futile efforts of the Boston Police and the FBI to profile and find him as he continues his quest to prevent women like his mother from duplicating his illegitimate-child status. Life appears stable for all until Michael Waxman stares aghast at the projected slides of the 7th murder victim of the Boston Stocking killer during forensic pathology class. It’s Deborah Sterling.
Waxman brings the news to an emergency meeting at the College Deli and from the gloom of grief comes a resolve to seek out and destroy their close friend’s murderer. Mel Slinger uses his Harvard law school connection to obtain information about the Boston Strangler while Carli Santo uses his mob connections to do the same. They set out to identify and trap Deb Sterling’s murderer ahead of the BPD and FBI who seem powerless to do so.