underworld by Don DeLillo My favorite American novel of the past 25 years.
Some of the victims—girlfriends or businessmen—didn't have ties to the underworld.
For most heroes, the second cycle of the monomyth involves a physical journey into the underworld.
c.1600, "the lower world, Hades," also "the earth," as distinguished from heaven. Cf. German unterwelt, Dutch onderwereld, Danish underverden. Meaning "lower level of society" is first recorded 1890; "criminals and organized crime collectively" is attested from 1900.