By Joseph McElroy
An uninvited visitor, getting into the empty long island condo of a guy identified to intimates as "Dom," proceeds to put in writing for his absent host a curious confession. Its shut money owed of friendship considering boyhood with males absolutely unknown to Dom and positively to one another is interleaved with the tale of Dom himself.
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