Wendy’s Word

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The Rackets, by Thomas Kelly April 24, 2010

Filed under: Books — wendy @ 12:45 pm

Coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day (I am very behind on my book postings), I read The Rackets, which takes place in Irish New York.  The hero, Jimmy Dolan, is a college boy working for the mayor when union politics lead him back to his blue collar roots.

There are many characters to develop, so the book seems slow-going at first, but becomes a page turner once the action gets going.  The characters were good, and the book gives a good feel for ethnic New York, blue/white collar tension, and union/mob politics.  The main character was the weakest.  When events force him back to his old neighborhood and construction work, all of a sudden he talks tough and starts using the word “ain’t,” which seems totally out of character for him.

Not a “must read,” but will absorb and entertain you if you happen to pick it up.


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