The Wolves of Fairmount Parkby Dennis Tafoya
In The Wolves of Fairmount Park, Dennis Tafoya's lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this/i>
In The Wolves of Fairmount Park, Dennis Tafoya's lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this one of the boy who was killed; Danny Martinez, a cop whose job it is to investigate the killing; and Orlando Donovan, the junkie uncle of the cop's kid, who happens to live nearby.
No one knows what the two boys were doing in front of a dope house on Roxborough Avenue in the middle of the night, what business they might have had with gangs like Green Lane or the Tres Nortes. Even though they had a thousand dollars with them, they were good boys. Everyone says, "They were good boys."
Through the fast-paced interweaving of these four distinct voices, Dennis Tafoya, author of the acclaimed Dope Thief, tells the moving story of two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the lengths that the people around them will go to find the truth.
“Dennis Tafoya returns with The Wolves of Fairmount Park, a dark and lyrical novel filled with passion, heartbreak, gorgeous imagery, and devious twists. Brilliant and beautiful.”
-Jonathan Maberry, internationally bestselling author of The Dragon Factory
Praise for Dope Thief
“While it bears all the hallmarks of a crime novel, it is also something more, a finely nuanced character study of a criminal trying to get out of the downward spiral of his crimes. . . . Tafoya’s prose alternates between a staccato, hard-boiled cadence and a beautiful, near-florid style. . . . Over Dope Thief’s final ninety pages, Tafoya’s coda elevates his book to the extraordinary.”
-Las Vegas Weekly
“A classic story . . . First-time novelist Dennis Tafoya has a nice sense of how and where his characters live, revealing in stark detail the hardscrabble life of the petty thief.”
“Raw and redemptive . . . A boy ‘born into the life’ makes a wrenching attempt to change course or die trying in a first novel that marks Tafoya as a writer to watch.”
“Tafoya’s book starts at a sprint and hits its marks.”
-Philadelphia City Paper
“A fine first novel . . . Tafoya is off to a promising start. . . . The plotting is solid, and the action has a hard, violent edge that recalls Richard Price.”
- St. Martin's Press
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DENNIS TAFOYA was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Wolves of Fairmount Park is his second novel.
Dennis Tafoya was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the author of the novels Dope Thief and The Wolves of Fairmount Park, as well as numerous short stories.
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In Philadelphia, a drive-by shooting at a dope house leads two teens rushed to an emergency room; one dies while the other is critically injured. The fathers of the victims are psychologically wounded too. Police Officer Brendan Donovan whose son Michael was severely wounded and local entrepreneur George Parkman Sr. whose son Jr. died in the incident wonder why. Both dads believe that Brendan's half-brother, Michael's Uncle Orlando a drug addict was the cause of the attack. PPD detectives Danny Martinez and Asa Carmody investigate the shooting that seems increasingly to affirm the theory of the fathers that Orlando was the motive for the deadly drive-by. This is a gloom and doom deep look at the aftermath of a tragic event as seen mostly through the rotating viewpoints amongst the four males not physically hurt by the incident; though other perspectives by family members, girlfriends and the female detective enhance the dark urban Noir. The fathers are the most fascinating as the cop prays for God to save his beloved son while the tycoon who ignored his offspring when he was alive insists on vengeance. Fans who appreciate a realistic walk on the wild side of the streets will want to read The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Harriet Klausner
In cities all over the world, the buying, selling, and using of drugs takes many lives. There is violence, guns, sex, cops, and a continual churning of the same. The Wolves of Fairmount Park takes us into this world,in one neighborhood in Philadelphia that is probably not much different than any other drug neighborhood. We get close to junkies and killers, and pretty much feel repulsed, but continue reading as Dennis Tafoya does not let up on the gritty details of this life. The cops themselves are victimized by a world they cannot control. One arrested and jailed is replaced by another, and the carousel continues on. With the billions spent on the "war on drugs" it is clear that it is an unwinnable battle. Somewhere, somehow, a different approach has to be taken. Drugs lead to violence- ask any Mexican trying to live safely in the midst of a battle to feed the American appetite for cocaine. This book does not necessarily break any new ground, but reminds us that we can't stand idle.