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Double Play by Robert B. Parker
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Quick read from Robert B. Parker – Burke is a disillusioned WWII veteran who returned from Guadalcanal to find a note on the table and his wife gone. Once home, he progresses from fighter to “enforcer” to bodyguard. His good work for the organized crime bosses of New York help him land a position guarding Jackie Robinson, who is about to break the color barrier in baseball. When Robinson angers a white crime boss, Burke has navigate carefully to keep himself and Robinson from getting killed.

There’s not a lot here for plot or suspense – I don’t think anyone will be too worried about Jackie actually getting killed. As for setting, it’s a serviceable attempt at 1940s Harlem, but falls short of the sense of place and culture depicted by the Easy Rawlins books.

What wasn’t so enjoyable for me were the apparently autobiographical interludes about Bobby, a young boy growing up listening to the Dodgers during that time. These were trite, nostalgic and completely annoying.
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