The last thing in the world that fifteen-year-old Matt "Bean" Casale wants is to be on Tony Testa's hit list. A bully of renown and hefthe is a real bruiser-boyTesta and his entourage invariably mean business on the streets of Kingsbridge in the Bronx. With "The DeTestables"as they have been so aptly dubbedon the warpath, the winter of 1978 will prove to be more than just a cold and snowy one for Bean and the myriad playerswanted and unwantedin his life. The DeTestables is an intriguing short story from a colorful snapshot in time. It is a prequel to the author's first novel: Cream Sam Summer.