PodCastle 319: America Thief
Rated R. Contains Mobsters and Magic.
by Alter S. Reiss
I looked around the table. Most of the people there weren’t paying much attention. Lansky looked a little embarrassed, and Siegel shook his head. “You want me to find out if Chaim Goldberg can turn lead into gold, or if he’s running some sort of scam,” I said.
“Of course he’s running a scam,” said Lansky. “I want to know how he’s doing it.”
“My friend Meyer is unfortunately narrow-minded,” said Rothstein. “I am willing to entertain the possibility that he’s getting his gold through means that are not generally considered possible. Which is why I have entrusted this task to your care.”
“So you want me to find out where Goldbug is getting his gold from,” I said. “And?”
“No and,” said Rothstein. “Just that. It’s a simple job, and I’ll give you a thousand dollars for doing it.”
“A thousand dollars is a lot of money, Benny,” said Legs, putting his oar in. “Live things up a little, show your girl a good time.”
About the Author
Alter S. Reiss
Alter S. Reiss is an archaeologist and writer who lives in Jerusalem with his wife Naomi and their son Uriel. He likes good books, bad movies, and old time radio shows.
About the Narrator
John Michnya is an actor, illustrator, and screen printer living in Pittsburgh PA.