In "A Bittersweet Life", the protagonist is an enforcer and manager of a hotel owned by a crime boss. The enforcer is charged with escorting the boss's young mistress, who might be having an affair. While he's told to kill both if in fact she is cheating, the enforcer instead beats up her lover while she watches, and makes them promise never to see each other again. The enforcer is by now smitten with the mistress, and it begins to color a series of dangerous moves he makes that put him at odds both with his boss and the boss's crime rival. The tale becomes an exercise in vengeance as the enforcer goes up against his longtime boss.