An Informal Boston Education: Boston Boomers, Beaches, Buddies, Broads, Bars, Beer, Baseball, and Barbellsby Michael A. Connelly
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CPA Kevin "Rocky" Collins needs his formidable sense of humor more than ever. He's still reeling from the sudden death of his charismatic but demanding and disappointed father, and his caustic wit and quirky Boston Irish personality have cost him his job. They've also sparked dangerous run-ins with a huge Mafia hit man and a biker strongman, and fostered a decided lack of way with women.
Fortunately, Rocky's old friends from the neighborhood-a power-lifting bouncer, an alcoholic Vietnam vet and aspiring author, a struggling gym owner, a philandering salesman, a disappointed ex-professional baseball player, and one pain-in-the-butt, got-it-together business superstar-are as supportive as always as Rocky gains rejuvenation in the gym, on the ball field, and at the bar. But he finds his greatest comfort at a near-palatial summer house on Cape Cod, where there's a wild, summer-long party going on.
To find his own happiness, Rocky knows that he needs maturity, empathy, and perspective. Throw in a new job and a good woman, and he'll be all set. But getting to that point might be the most difficult challenge of all.
An Informal Boston Education humorously explores the Boston singles scene in the seventies, male bonding, the difficult relationship between fathers and sons, and life's endless trade-offs and transitions.
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I thought this book was by the author Michael Connelly, writer of the Harry Bosch novels. Nope, it was clear after a couple of pages that the style of writing is totally different. The dialogue is difficult to follow, he uses more slang and local expressions than I ever knew existed and I live near Boston. It is tough to translate the slang into it's meaning and then make sense of the plot. I don't like to stop reading a book and not finish it, but this is one of those that I chose to stop reading, so I could enjoy something else with my time.
Maybe not a bad book by Michael A. Connelly, but not worth the reading time IMHO. I bought two books thinking they were by the author of the Harry Bosch series, but they are not. I guess "Buyer beware" is the only thing I can say.
The book is filled with seemingly endless conversations of a bunch of drunken bar flies. I kept waiting for something to happen to the characters but it never did. Boredom overcame me and I flipped ahead twenty pages a couple of times looking for some kind of action, but each time the characters still hadn't left the bar. I finally gave up about 2/3 of the way through .