Late-70's home-birthed in a bloody, paternally-performed cesarean to a Nazi fundamentalist father and a butchered mother, Will Sicari was named by his surviving parent after that quality of human intention celebrated in the title of Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will," a 1938 film celebration of Hitler's Thousand-Year Pipe-Dream.
Will barely survived upbringing in the foothills of Wyoming's Wind River Range, where he was more trained than raised to soldier in a non-existent Wehrmacht, in what his bat-crazy survivalist father imagined would be the American War of Secession in formation of the Fourth Reich.
But by his early teens he cast aside his father's political and religious delusions, replaced them with penchants for profitable violence and violent women, and drifted south and west to become first muscle in the Southern California white-powder drug trade, and then -- after a cocaine arrest that made him choose between military service and life in a penitentiary -- as a solo black ops assassin in Taliban-run Balochistan, where after a stint of wild killing on and off command, he ingratiated himself with a Mahdi-Baloch warlord, who briefly and disastrously treated him like a son.
At that point, Will settled down to buy a Kurdish wife, learn Pashto
, language of the local drug trade, and establish heroin contacts that, upon his honorable discharge, garnered him a high position in the criminal organization of Lester "the MoLester" Scroad, whose influence ran narcotics, prostitution and gambling for the Pittsburgh-Youngstown-Wheeling tri-state axis of southwestern Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio and northern West Virginia, where for nearly a decade Will's been a skilled administrator, feared enforcer and Scroad's chief assassin.
Always an avid reader, he's had his literary tastes take a mystical turn over the past year, and parallel enchantments with Nietzsche, Buddhist logic and the novels of Doris Lessing have resulted in a growing conviction that he must seek a higher destiny as an instrument of fate, needing only the right partner -- handily arrived in the seductively bloodthirsty visitation of Angie Parker -- to guide him to their unimaginable destiny.
It starts with Will and Angie's no-witness massacre of three men and two women at a stash house in Wheeling, West Virginia, where Will and Angie take off Scroad for a trunk of money, drugs and transaction records that enable their high New York lifestyle in which our opening scene finds them and -- via the threat of revealing the captured records, known as "The Board Books" -- makes them currently immune to Scroad's retribution.