Out Cold [NOOK Book]

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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. When Karl, the schizophrenic, ex-GI with post traumatic issues shows up on Duffy's caseload talking about governmental conspiracy predictions Duff takes it in stride. But after Karl's terrorist predictions start coming true and he prattles on about the motives of defense contractors, security firms and the profits of war, Duff begins to pay ...
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Out Cold

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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. When Karl, the schizophrenic, ex-GI with post traumatic issues shows up on Duffy's caseload talking about governmental conspiracy predictions Duff takes it in stride. But after Karl's terrorist predictions start coming true and he prattles on about the motives of defense contractors, security firms and the profits of war, Duff begins to pay attention. Then Duff suffers his own traumatic brain injury getting knocked out in the ring and Karl doesn't look so crazy any more. With his own sanity on the line Duffy, Al and Karl travel across the country to foil the terrorists at the Notre Dame football opener and the Columbine-type massacre. Oh yeah, and in the meantime there’s that evil basset hound puppymill to deal with. Step into the ring for round three and join Duffy, Al the basset hound, that collection of lovable drunks, the Fearsome Foursome for their greatest adventure yet. Pull up a bar stool, crack a cold Schlitz, let Elvis light up the jukebox and get ready for the most therapeutic social worker moonlighting as a pro boxer. When Duffy hears the bell everyone should keep their guard up.
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Editorial Reviews

Two-time Shamus Award winning author of Empty Ever After - Reed Farrel Coleman
Out Cold floored me with a quick one two of the serious and seriously funny. Schreck’s unique blending of the absurd and the sublime along with his rather oddball cast of characters makes OUT COLD a great read.
Author of Abandon - Blake Crouch
Out Cold is a fast, funny, rip-roaring read, and Shreck’s wit and humor shines through on every page. But what I love most about Schreck’s creation, Duffy Dombrowski, is the decency and dignity with which he treats the unforgettable cast of loonies, addicts, and criminals who parade through his office. I haven’t cared this much about a protagonist in a good long while. Duffy is real hero and a true original.
Author of Jailbait Zombie - Mario Acevedo
Tom Schreck will knock you to the mat with a sucker punch of laughs. Out Cold is an expert one-two combination of humor and humanity.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016347042
  • Publisher: IGLA
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Series: A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 438,180
  • File size: 981 KB

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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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    OUT COLD is outSTANDING!

    If you can read this book without laughing until your sides hurt, I do believe you were born without a funny bone. Schreck is an absolute genius: he reels the reader in with irresistible humor and endearing characters then slips in a plot comprised of multiple social issues the reader can't help but latch on to. If mixed together incorrectly, this combination has the potential to be a lethal concoction, but Schreck's recipe stirs in just the right amount of each ingredient for a delicious read.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    This over the top of the Adirondack Park peaks is a well written

    In Crawford, New York, at the not for profit Jewish Unified Services, guidance counselor Duffy Dombrowski was knocked Out Cold last week while sparring with a heavyweight so he remains somewhat disoriented. Back at work after a few sick days, his first client is late twenties schizophrenic Karl Greene, who brings new meaning to paranoia starting with his Michael Jackson surgical mask and even challenging what Duffy means by the ominous threat of "good morning".

    Karl tells Duffy that he is back on the street, off his meds and the NOW is setting terrorist fires as a forerunner of a bigger plot. When Duffy begins to understand Karl's brand of military-industrial-political-terrorist paranoid complex, he begins to wonder how much brain damage he received from the left hook he failed to see yet he still denies wobbling. However the news report of an ROTC deadly arsonist fire just like Karl claimed spins Duffy's head further. With his roommate Al the Basset Hound and crazy Karl at his own deranged side as well as the Fearsome Foursome, Duffy tries to prevent terrorist attacks at the Notre Dame football home opener and a massacre at either his or Karl's respective former high school. That is as important is liberating Al's relatives from a basset-hound factory.

    This over the top of the Adirondack Park peaks is a well written, but strangely mixed amateur sleuth thriller as dark humor blends (not always smoothly for us squeamish reviewers) with some serious scenarios. Duffy struggles with regaining his equilibrium though in total denial, which cleverly mirrors Karl's outlook. Although the jocularity seems out of place at times especially with deaths from terrorist activity and the threat of much more violence, Columbine-style, Tom Schreck provides a strong thriller as Duffy can only cope through mocking humor with what he faces (see TKO and On The Ropes).

    Harriet Klausner

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