You never know what life will throw at you. Bobby Carapisi got slammed when he was living his dream job as a relief pitcher for an expansion baseball team and went out to buy ice cream for his pregnant wife. For Eric Larson, it was when he was en route home after a particularly nasty shift of waiting tables. Each man happened to cross the path of Allen Barrow...and the brutal encounter sent their worlds spiraling out of control.
To all appearances, Allen was a quiet, unassuming kind of guy...but he was also partnered with a pair of sexual predators who had a plan to get away with sexually assaulting any young man they chose. The three of them first brutally assaulted Eric then, not long after, chose Bobby for their fun.
Eric reported what happened to him but ran headlong into the nightmare of an uncaring system of justice. Bobby, on the other hand, just wanted to ignore it all so he could focus on his family and career...not realizing his own psyche would not play along.
What was worse? The rest of the world had other plans for them both, and when society decides to crush you, what can you do but fight back? Even if it means destroying someone innocent?
This book is a story of acceptance and redemption, even as each player in this tragedy fights to avoid his destiny.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A scathing tragedy of redemption and realization, as told from the perspectives of 3 different men -- a gay waiter, a straight baseball star and the man who sexually assaulted them both. There is amazing anger and pain in this book, but the final message is one of acceptance that the world is what it is. If gay sex wasn't involved in the story, I'm sure it would have gotten more interest. Good job.
This is three books in one. The story only gets really going in the third volume and, personally, the writing in Bobby Carapisi's voice was a turn off. It felt disingenuous. But by the end of the book it was a real page-turner.