Dr. Marc Arginteanu is an Associate Clinical Professor in Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai in New York City and Adjunct Instructor in Psychology at Florida International University in Miami. The concepts central to Azazel’s Public House, of physical and psychic violations of one’s brain, align with his professional training. He’s a neurosurgeon (one of the characters in Azazel’s is a fairly vile neurosurgeon) who grew up in Staten Island during the time in which the novel is set (1980s).
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Azazel’s Public House is a dive bar in Staten Island, the New York City borough best known for its mountainous garbage dump, and it's run by Pete, who happens to be a lot more than just the manager.
Pete’s ever-seeking spirit gallops on the foul stench that wafts from the Dump and torments the good people of Staten Island. But Pete's had his fill of outer-borough provincial life and is gunning for a promotion. To land the new gig, he’s got to impress the man downstairs. He needs a couple of big scores and lucky for him, Staten Island is oozing with potential for evil.
Carl and Anthony, two teenage buddies who share a bond that goes deeper than friendship, deeper even than blood, may be just the ticket. Pete descends upon them in a desolate lot. He orchestrates a depraved act of violence and betrayal, which sends him cruising towards his promotion.
The only person standing in Pete's way is a skinny teenage misfit named Gina, who Pete laughs off as a pushover. But when Gina and Pete collide, all hell’s going to really break loose.