On the Ropes

On the Ropes

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by Tom Schreck
     
 
A ghetto social worker, moonlighting as a heavyweight fighter, Duffy Dombrowski, knows the street, the ring and the meanness this world can throw in relentless combinations. He has his code, he’s got Elvis and now he’s got his own reason to live—to find the kidnapped daughter of the helpless murdered woman from his caseload.

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Overview

A ghetto social worker, moonlighting as a heavyweight fighter, Duffy Dombrowski, knows the street, the ring and the meanness this world can throw in relentless combinations. He has his code, he’s got Elvis and now he’s got his own reason to live—to find the kidnapped daughter of the helpless murdered woman from his caseload.

Sure, they’re from the ‘hood and no one’s supposed to care which is just why Duff has taken on this fight. Get in his corner and travel the seamy rode to crack addiction, modern day white slavery and the depravity of real life internet porn.

With Al the rescued basset hound riding shotgun, more than a few empties of Schlitz and the real life of a real man who just happens to care, On The Ropes, gets you off the stool, out of your corner and into a nasty street fight. There’s no doubt that this one’s going the distance.

Editorial Reviews

Author of The Blade Itself - Marcus Sakey
"An Everyman with a big heart and a wicked jab, Duffy Dombrowski may well be the new Spenser."
Author of Stirred - J. A. Konrath
"ON THE ROPES is one of the best debuts of this, or any, year. The ending had me standing up and cheering. No BS. You will love this book."
Author of Headstone - Ken Bruen
"I wish to god, I was Duffy. It's that amazing. The writing is seamless, true artistry and a joy to read. Forget Prozac, or even that double of Bourbon, this is what feeling good is all about."
Publisher Crimespree Magazine - Jon Jordan
In the boxing match of life I want Duffy Dombrowski as my ring man. This is one hell of a debut novel and Schreck can count me as a fan from this point forward. ON THE ROPES is easily one of the best five books I’ve read this year.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016135762
Publisher:
IGLA
Publication date:
12/30/2012
Series:
A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
337
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Schreck’s debut novel is based on his experience as a former director of an inner city drug clinic and a professional boxing judge. Officiating fights at Madison Square Garden and elsewhere, he has appeared on HBO, Showtime, and ESPN. Schreck also writes a boxing column for Fightnews.com and has contributed to The Business Review, Professional Counselor, and Cat-fancy. He lives in New York.

Check out this interview with Tom Schreck who gives us a behind the scenes look into the Duffy Dombrowski series!

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On the Ropes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the plot was a bit contrived towards the end and it's a bit heavier on the seedier part of life than most mystery novels (this may, or may not, bother some) but the story was surprisingly upbeat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a delightful book.....the mystery itself was good, the characters were believable and well-developed, and the author obviously knows his basset hound who made me laugh.....the story travelled between tense areas and hilarity...i recommend it
otterly More than 1 year ago
At the end, I found out that this is Mr. Schreck's first novel. He has done a good job. Duffy is a social worker--counselor--as well as being a part time boxer. The boxing part occurs in the first part of the book, and he gets suspended for really racking up his opponent, losing the $7000 he had been promised up front. As his clients are rather much low lifes--druggies and prostitutes--we are soon immersed in that world. He seems to keep getting beaten by various people, and acquires a memorable basset hound from a client who dies. Al the dog also suffers along with Duffy, being mistreated. The finale is great. The reader would have to be someone who doesn't mind the seedy side of life. I think that I shall look for another of Mr. Schreck's book, but I somehow think that our book group is not ready for this!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and hope there will be more to come in this series. It was fun and funny -- a good light mystery.
BettyG76 More than 1 year ago
Too rough for me, didn't finish, but I'm sure nmy husband will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, believable likable characters. Doesn't take itself too seriously. Not the standard who-done-it. This is a thoroughly good read.