Don Fuzzini takes his usual bath at the 34th Street Steam Room. This he has done every Wednesday night for over thirty years, when he first took control over The Families. It is an iron rule that he should not be disturbed during this time. But tonight is different.
A trusted lieutenant approaches with downcast eyes and whispers the news. The Families have decided. The Wickersham Brothers will take over the banana racket on the south side. The Orangutan Gang will handle fruit traffic downtown. Don Fuzzini is out.
He stares into the water as the messenger quickly leaves. Soon, men will come for him. Men with banana peels. So it will look like an accident. He has known this day would come. He inhales the steam as it rises from the water. A bubble travels up the small of his back and bursts on the surface without a sound. His soul is prepared.