The tale of two unlikely partners in crime set in New York City's "Roaring Twenties. PUBLICATION IN 4 VOLUMES - COMPLETED WORK. Nola is a poor white girl who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from an orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, always trying to keep one foot out of the grave. When their paths cross and their options run out, Nola and Slim forge a partnership as hired killers. This is their story, about what it takes to survive when all you have is a gun, and each other.