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Fifty-Third and Dorchester by Marvin Waschke
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Sep 12, 2017

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Marvin Waschke, AB'71, AM'73

From the author: "Can anyone triumph over the crime and corruption that marches hand in hand with the drug trade on the South Side of Chicago? Could blindness be the weapon to slice through the murk?

"Chanco Lupaster is a blind cellist, but with the eyes and hands of his assistant, Reggie Haskell, he sees through the dark lies and politics that flood the streets where the laws of physics are political and heroin is everywhere.

"A beautiful black woman who runs something called the New Peace Temple comes to Lupaster Investigations LLC at Fifty-third and Dorchester with a tale of blackmail. Reggie quickly discovers that the blackmail is phony and temple distributes more than free meals. Reggie takes a bullet in the leg, gunmen packing drug cartel AK-47s shoot Lupaster into a coma, and Reggie goes for a swim in the fetid Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in a case that turns into murder, mayhem, and underworld smuggling traffic on the Mississippi.

"Reggie and Lupaster win, but restoring order to Chicago comes at a high price. Read Fifty-Third and Dorchester and discover the price Reggie and Lupaster pay."

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