The Come Up

Crime Fiction for Music Lovers


The Story

Lenny Supinski is a former small-time dealer that can't stay out of trouble. After a few stints in prison, he rehabilitated himself and became a driver for J.B. Foster, Chicago's flashiest business man. After a mysterious man paid Lenny for access to Foster's penthouse, Foster's girlfriend is found murdered.

By design, all signs point to Lenny. Before Lenny is taken to the police station, he calls Bones.

Twenty-seven year old Michael "Bones" Panozzo is just starting out as a neighborhood fixer in the heart of Chicago. He works for a finance company, and has a habit of selling sensitive information to his clients. Now, Bones is poised to take on a bigger challenge. But he's worried. Not about the complexity, but about the assassin sent to eliminate Lenny.

The Come Up is Bones' first big test. It might be his last.


The Come Up is a memoir wrapped in crime fiction. Author Gregory Rossi spent his youth surviving on fast food bought with stolen money while his mom was in the grips of mental illness.

The Come Up is also a comment on modern music. Bones is a music obsessive who listens exclusively to Nas' Illmatic as he drives the streets of Chicago.

These elements give The Come Up a MIXTAPE effect. It's Eminem meets Jason Bourne. Straight-up crime fiction. With the soul of a memoir. All to a heavy hip-hop soundtrack. That's The Come Up.


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About Gregory

GREGORY ROSSI's fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Brooklyn Rail and on His articles and book reviews have appeared in Interview, The Chicago Reader, and Publishers Weekly among others. He was the co-creator and host of Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose a reading series that took place primarily in downtown NYC laundromats. Articles, segments and mentions of his reading series and other projects have appeared on WNYC 93.9 and in The New York Press, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice and Gawker. Originally from Chicago, Gregory currently lives in New York.