BOOK REVIEW: ON THE ROPES
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Crawford, New York is supposed to be the windiest city in the country. And why would you care? I didn't until I read On The Ropes. Then I understood why that fact was important to a lot of people.
Duffy Dombrowski is a caseworker at Jewish Unified Services in Crawford, New York. Duffy is also a boxer. The boxing is a side-line. He also isn't Jewish. I found Duffy to be a wonderful character and very humorous as well as kind-hearted. Duffy is an Elvis fans and lives in an AirStream trailer that he calls The Moody Blue.
When Kelly, a police buddy, phoned and asked Duffy for help with one of his clients Duffy dropped everything and went right away. Walanda had been in trouble with drugs and men and was fighting arrest. When Duffy arrived Walanda begged him to save her step-daughter Shondeneneisha who had been kidnapped by Webster. Of course, Duffy had never seen Walanda's step-daughter and he had no idea who Webster might be. Walanda also made Duffy promise to take Al-lah-King, her Muslim dog. Duffy wasn't happy but did promise.
Then things really started happening in Duffy's life. Two of his cases who hung out in the park were attacked. Walanda was also attacked in jail. Al-lah-King was a handful and Duffy's love life and his fighting life weren't going too well. Duffy's boss was also making his life difficult because even though Duffy was good with his clients he was very bad at paperwork.
There is a real mystery here and Duffy manages to get to the bottom of what is happening to his people. He couldn't have accomplished this without the help of his buddies who hang out at a local bar. One is a doctor about to lose his privileges. Another is a computer whiz. Put the whole thing together and you come up with a great read.
I want to read more books about Duffy and I love Al-lah King although I don't think I have the energy to care for him. Duffy's buddies are a fun group to read about and I hope they continue to be a part of Shreck's novels.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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