Los Angeles, 1954 ... Gangsters, crime, boxing - and romance ...
Jimmy Doherty, a hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the sweet science of boxing by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent's Asylum for Boys. Jimmy's fists were good enough to take him to LA where he has begun his rise up the local fight-cards. He has big plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy - his trainer's only daughter, who's sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.
But when Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer with ties to gangster Mickey Cohen, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective - who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs - in a desperate search for the real killer.
Love can be murder - in the ring and out ...
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Gangsters, crime and romance, nail-biting, page-turning historical boxing story! 1945, Chicago, Jimmy Doherty was dealt so many blows as a young boy, his father is killed-in-action on Iwo Jima, his mother grieved herself to death three months later and then six months later the aunt he was living with has a heart attack and dies. Young Jimmy ended up at St. Vincent's Asylum for Boys under the Father Tim Brophy who saw a natural born fighter in Jimmy and taught him the "sweet science." Jimmy watched out for the smaller, younger children and despised bullies. 1954, Los Angeles, Father Tim sends Jimmy to Los Angeles where he trains under Pops and falls in love with and marries his daughter, Lindy. As he is moving up in the ranks, there are those who want to take him down in more ways than just in the boxing ring. Bullies from Chicago have brought the fight to LA, and it isn't to be a fair fight, they are out for revenge and blood. This is a time when dirty cops, mob alliances, and political clout are among the movers and shakers. This story has so many elements, the mystery, suspense and murder. The slang for the time period, people and places along with the food, family and love of boxing and the sweet love story of Jimmy and Lindy.
Ladies Night, by Carol Malone, is marketed as a romance. At first I found the idea of a romance set against a background of professional boxing in the fifties incongruous. Why? I’m not sure. There’s no less reason to base a romance around a boxer than a pirate or a detective. I suspect it was the slightly different approach that surprised me. Different is good. However, Ladies Night is an excellent example of why pigeon-holing novels as romance, adventure, mystery, etc., is a bad idea. Forget the category nonsense. Is Ladies Night a romance? Yes. It’s also a novel about boxing in the fifties and a crime novel. It could stand alone as any of the three. The romance element between the two main characters, Jimmy and Lindy, is an important theme in Malone’s book. If you’re looking for a bodice ripper, Ladies Night isn’t the book you want. The relationship between the protagonists is steady, loving, and never in doubt, even when the potential for a love triangle is introduced. The topic of professional fighting is as important as the romance in Ladies Night. Malone only covers two fights in detail. Although I’ve never had the slightest interest in boxing, I found the accounts of the fights absorbing. In covering the fight game in general Malone doesn’t glamorize it, going into detail about the dirt, the pain, the sickness of many of the spectators and people taking part, and the criminal involvement. At the same time, Malone doesn’t vilify professional boxing. Many of her characters are honorable and ethical. They may love the sport, but they recognize and want to eliminate the evils attached to it. From my standpoint, the most interesting part of Ladies Night was the crime element. Jimmy and Lindy are attacked on their wedding night. They succeed in beating off the attacker, but instead of going to the police they go to their hotel. Stupid? Yes, which they eventually admit, but people make mistakes. In this case it was a bad one, and they’re framed for the murder of the man who attacked them. At this point Ladies Night becomes a murder mystery. Carol Malone skillfully weaves the three main elements of Ladies Night into a coherent whole. There are few real surprises. The obvious suspect is the killer, but knowing it and proving it are very different things. The revenge element on the part of the murderer may be a bit of a stretch, but, as Malone is careful to point out without ever using the specific words, a vicious psychotic, something extremely rare even among the most seriously mentally ill, doesn’t think like the rest of us. An enjoyable read with a satisfying ending, Carol Malone’s Ladies Night, no matter what category you place it in, is a good book.
From the start, Jill Tunney’s “Ladies Night (Fight Card)” works from the basic premise that life isn’t fair. Tragedy lurks around every turn of the page and just when things seem to be going well, the main characters, Jimmy “The Kid” Doherty and the love of his life, Lindy Dominic, are hit with a hidden punch. I was worried that not being a fan of professional fighting I’d have a hard time relating to the characters and some of the action sequences. Tunney does an excellent job dipping into that world without overwhelming the reader. Tunney’s story is an action/romance tale of Jimmy and his fiancé Lindy. From the very beginning, Jimmy has had a tough life. His father is killed on Iwo Jima. His mother passes away from grief over the loss of her husband. His Aunt Alice takes him in, but unfortunately she suffers a fatal heart attack a few months later. This puts Jimmy in an orphanage where, fortunately, he is raised and taught to fight. “The Kid” as he’s known on the fight cards, shows talent, and travels to Los Angeles where he joins Pop’s Gym. He also meets and falls in love with Lindy Dominic, Pop’s only daughter. Of course, with the theme of life isn’t fair, Tunney doesn’t let her couple have an immediate happily-ever-after. Rocko a rising star in the fight world and an unexpected bully from Jimmy’s past, crosses the couple’s path. The outcome is anything but simple. Jimmy and Lindy are put through their paces as they are forced to deal with the results of the unfortunate meeting with Rocko. While the setting for the story is late 1950s L.A., and Tunney does a good job dropping historic references on local, regional and national levels, she sometimes strays back and forth across other generations with her use of slang and supporting character clichés. However, her world is realistic and breathable, and the characters moving through it are engaging, earning the sympathy of the reader and making it hard to put the story down. In “Ladies Night (Fight Card)”, Jill Tunney crafts an action/romance around two young lovers, delving into the world of professional fighting in the late 1950s, and providing enough flavor that the reader will find the experience enjoyable.