TKO: A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery

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After twenty-five years in prison for murdering a couple of cheerleaders, a quarterback, and the class president, "Hackin'" Howard Rheinhart gets discharged. His case is assigned to Schlitz-drinking, Elvis-loving social worker and pro boxer Duffy Dombrowski. Soon, local high-school VIPs start showing up dead and Howard is nowhere to be found.

Duffy throws himself into Howard's defense while juggling a few problems of his own—like a huge upcoming boxing match, a new hormonal ...

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Overview

After twenty-five years in prison for murdering a couple of cheerleaders, a quarterback, and the class president, "Hackin'" Howard Rheinhart gets discharged. His case is assigned to Schlitz-drinking, Elvis-loving social worker and pro boxer Duffy Dombrowski. Soon, local high-school VIPs start showing up dead and Howard is nowhere to be found.

Duffy throws himself into Howard's defense while juggling a few problems of his own—like a huge upcoming boxing match, a new hormonal girlfriend, the unsolicited devotion of a goofy karate kid, and the ongoing misadventures of Allah-King, Duffy's Muslim basset hound.

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Fresh, intense and funny, Schreck's second mystery to feature unrepentant Elvis fan and dog lover Duffy Dombrowski (after 2007's On the Ropes) packs a knockout punch. When a serial killer starts taking out students at McDonough High in Crawford, a small town that appears to be in New York State, the police suspect Howard Reinhart (aka Hackin' Howard), recently released after serving 12 years of a 30-year prison sentence for doing in two cheerleaders, a quarterback and a class president after they repeatedly abused him as a geeky teen. Duffy, an Irish-Polish heavyweight boxer who also works as a counselor at the local Jewish Unified Services, where Howard is one of his clients, isn't so sure. After Howard disappears and begins phoning Duffy, pleading his innocence, Duffy turns amateur sleuth. The affable Duffy makes an admirable hero in his compassion for at-risk teens and in his belief that even criminals deserve second chances. (June)

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Pug/shamus/social worker Duffy Dombrowski must decide if his newest needy client is also a serial killer. They don't call Howard Reinhart the "Hacker" because he has a special facility with computers. Years back, when he was a high school senior, Howard sliced three cheerleader classmates to death and then took an ax to the football team's quarterback. While Duffy acknowledges that nothing could possibly justify a crime of this magnitude, he does empathize. His schoolmates picked on Howard mercilessly, Duffy tells a colleague: "In a way they all had it coming." Howard served his a sentence for the quadruple homicide. Now that he's Duffy's to rehabilitate, his homicidal history suddenly begins repeating itself. At McDonough High, a cheerleader is murdered, and other brutal slayings follow in a macabre, familiar pattern. Is Howard compulsively reenacting his past? Or has a crazed copycat killer been spurred to sickening action by news of his release? And where is Howard, anyway? The police can't find him, but Duffy gets an unexpected, unwelcome phone call that plunges him into sleuthing mode, puts him at odds with an unsympathetic boss and some severely annoyed cops and brings him within inches of losing his life. The phone call: "Duffy, this is Howard. I didn't do it."Answering the bell for round two (On the Ropes, 2007), Duffy remains refreshingly iconoclastic, though subplot clutter slows his footwork.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738711218
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Schreck’s novels are 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 appears on HBO, Showtime, and ESPN. Schreck also writes a boxing column for Fightnews.com and has contributed to The Business Review, Professional Counselor, and Catfancy. He lives in New York.

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