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The Schraft Street Historical Preservation Society: Still Blue Collar Boston Cool
     

The Schraft Street Historical Preservation Society: Still Blue Collar Boston Cool

by Michael A. Connelly
 

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The dust has settled after the murders of two local gangsters—neither officially solved, but both settled as far as the street is concerned. Nonetheless, Schraft Street remains as lively, unruly, and occasionally dangerous as ever. “Boss” Jim Herlihy still owns his marginally successful gym and sports bar; unusually, he even has some financial

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The dust has settled after the murders of two local gangsters—neither officially solved, but both settled as far as the street is concerned. Nonetheless, Schraft Street remains as lively, unruly, and occasionally dangerous as ever. “Boss” Jim Herlihy still owns his marginally successful gym and sports bar; unusually, he even has some financial “cushion,” thanks to publication of a couple of gritty detective stories.

His girlfriend of nine months, rising young M&A attorney Janice Cochrane, would be much happier if Jim would sell his Schraft Street properties and move into her luxury downtown high rise. But Jim has good friends and serious responsibilities on the gritty street he’s lived in for all of his thirty-six years. When an increasing number of reckless drug dealers and their customers—seemingly backed by sinister unseen forces—again make Schraft notably uncomfortable for citizens and businesses alike, and then two of Jim’s friends are brutally mugged in separate incidents, Herlihy and some of his gym members—including several competent MMA enthusiasts—use NYC’s “Guardian Angels” as a model for forming “The Schraft Street Historical Preservation Society.”

In this sequel to Blue Collar Boston Cool, “Boss” Jim walks a tricky tightrope of balancing his love for the classy, high-powered new woman in his life, with his nearly overpowering sense of responsibility for the struggling people he’s lived with all his life.

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Connelly's (Blue Collar Boston Cool, 2012) second installment in the series once again ventures into the seedier--but lovable--side of Boston. Jim Herlihy has lived on Schraft Street all his life, counting its occasionally troubled, gruff residents as family, its bars and restaurants as home. The owner of a barely profitable gym and a sports bar, he cares for the misfits and cons, criminals and malcontents, serving as a pillar of strength in the struggling community. But Jim has a new girlfriend--young, successful attorney Janice Cochrane--who wants Jim to move into her upper-class downtown apartment and sell all the properties he owns on Schraft Street, including his beloved bar. Jim's naturally hesitant, unsure if he should sell what he's worked so hard to achieve. But when someone mugs and savagely beats local beloved character Little Lloyd Dolson, Jim recommits himself to his neighborhood, teaming up with patrons of his gym to form a vigilante group that aims to keep the neighborhood safe. Like its predecessor, this novel exudes blue-collar charm, hosting a cast of defined characters with some entertaining names (The Walrus, Mountain Bill) and a neighborhood instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up in a lower-middle-class urban environment. Connelly's plot feels more developed in this second outing with these characters, giving readers an emotionally resonant story that follows regular citizens who want to improve their community but face difficulties they couldn't imagine. Inauthentic sounding dialogue and unnecessary details, however, sometimes ding a rich, sound tale. A solid crime novel, which, while flawed, may delight readers with its entertaining premise and real sense of place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475999549
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
File size:
408 KB

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