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.