It's July, 1975 and an overworked Chicago police force receives a call that an 85-year-old white man has been attacked by a gang of black youths on the lakefront in Burnham Park. Amid public outrage, contentious Mayor Richard J. Daley commands his police to find the killers fast and make the bucolic park safe again.Uncommonly but fortunately for the police, twelve-year-old...more
Highly recommend this novel.
Marco has written my favorite type of book: a story filled with twists, turns and surprises, with finely drawn characters [even the "bad guys" - and sometimes it is not clear who they are!]. It weaves together many strands of urban life over the past forty years [includi ...more
It's a story about injustice ...more
Pascal puts an ending to this treasu ...more
is then placed in a wittness protection program in AZ. Boy whose named is changed from James Overstreet to Stan Kobe becomes a top notch prosecutor in AZ.
There has been some discussion about the alleged poor characterization of Stan Kobe, the story's protagonist. The conflicted and deeply buried feelings he worked through here seemed quite realistic and developed to me. Imagine yourself in his place and tell me you'd have a clear idea of who you were. I'm doubting it.
Pascal was born and raised on the far Southside of Chicago, the grandson of Italian immigrants. He graduated from the University of Ill ...more