August, 2021

Black Tower – Chapter 2

Sunday, August 1st, 2021


Joseph J. O'Donnell
By Author
Joseph J. O’Donnell

          Chet Lawrence looked out over the city from his penthouse office on the fortieth floor.  It seemed like it was only yesterday instead of three years ago, when his dream of this building was no more than that of a dream.

He thought of the deals he had made and “pocket money” to have to lay out in political contributions to the mayor then in power, to prevent the city government from taking any actions in the project.  In everyday life in New York City, it is known as “supporting” your local politician, but when those, other than the political bosses, practiced this ritual it was known as the protection racket.