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Felony Fists (Fight Card) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Tunney , Paul Bishop , Mel Odom
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Book Description

Los Angeles 1954

Patrick “Felony” Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the “sweet science” from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent’s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world – first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city. His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad is his blunt instrument – dedicated, honest, and fearless. Promotion from patrol to detective is Pat’s goal, but he also yearns to be one of the elite.

And his fists are going to give him the chance.

Gangster Mickey Cohen runs LA’s rackets, and murderous heavyweight Solomon King is Cohen’s key to taking over the fight game. Chief Parker wants wants Patrick “Felony” Flynn to stop him – a tall order for middleweight ship’s champion with no professional record.

Leading with his chin, and with his partner, LA’s first black detective Tombstone Jones, covering his back, Patrick Flynn and his Felony Fists are about to fight for his future, the future of the department, and the future of Los Angeles.

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About the Author

A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul Bishop's career has included a three year tour with his department's Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years' experience in the investigation of sex crimes. His Special Assaults Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice honored as Detective of the Year, Paul has also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Award from the City of Los Angeles. As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC TV reality show Take The Money And Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his expertise in deception detection, he currently conducts interrogation seminars for law enforcement, military, and human resource organizations. Paul has published twelve novels, including five in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and feature films. He currently writes and edits the Fight Card series of hardboiled boxing novel under the pseudonym Jack Tunney Paul can be found blogging at, and followed via Facebook ( Twitter (@BishsBeat). The Fight Card series can be tracked at

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146794422X
  • Publisher: Fight Card Productions (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066I74UE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tight, streamlined brawler of a novel December 19, 2011
By Heath
Format:Kindle Edition
Patrick "Felony" O'Flynn is a cop in the ever-vacillating Los Angeles of the 1950's, but his consuming passion is boxing--and he's damn good at it. So good in fact, that his boss gives him an unusual assignment: get in the ring with crime boss Mickey Cohen's contender and make sure he doesn't get a shot at the title.
Simple in theory, but stopping Cohen and his fighter are going to take every bit of skill and fortitude Patrick has, and test his commitment to justice. Especially when Cohen kidnaps the 14-year-old daughter of Patrick's trainer.
FELONY FISTS is a tight, streamlined brawler of a novel, heavy on ring action and spare jabbing prose. It's hard not to use boxing analogies when talking about it. Series co-creator Paul Bishop is Jack Tunney this time out, and he sets a high standard for the Jack Tunneys to follow. His invocation of L.A. in the `50's is vivid and well-researched without being overwhelming, and his grasp on the strange, sometimes seedy world of boxing is spot-on.
FELONY FISTS is a hugely enjoyable bout. I'm looking forward to the next round.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly ENTERTAINING Story! December 18, 2011
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Full of imagination - and history - harkening back to a rough n' tough America that is all but gone. Very smooth reading and a great escape from these current times and days; makes me want to time travel back! Patrick "Felony" Flynn is a brave, gritty character that never disappoints. Definitely worth reading, especially for all of you pulp fiction and "noir" lovers!

Neal Bogosian
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing Noir Is a Hardboiled Treat December 18, 2011
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You don't see that many boxing novels around anymore. But I enjoy reading them, so I bought <u>Felony Fists</u>, and it's a hardboiled treat. Set in 1954's Los Angeles, Patrick "Felony" Flynn is a young policeman who's good with his fists. He's gained fight experience from his hardscrabble background and boxing matches while in the Navy. Flynn is set on the path to fight several boxers, leading up to earn his shot at the champion Archie Moore. At the same time, Flynn is investigating the local mobster boss who's out to get his hooks into the fight game. I liked the gritty boxing scenes which reminded me of Robert Ryan in the classic boxing film noir <u>The Set-Up</u>. The pace clips right along, and the dialogue is snappy. If you're a fight fan, this tale should be a big hit with you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight Card: Felony Fist January 25, 2012
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"Let's make this look good," I said. We parted and King tagged me with a right uppercut as I moved away. I hadn't meant that good.

Patrick "Felony" Flynn was known as the giant killer. Coming out of the Navy, where he had fought anyone put up against him, he had never went down. Now a cop in L.A., his boss wants to stop mobster Mickey Cohen's grab for control of the fight mecca. Taking Flynn's badge, he offers him another one - Detective! But the giant killer had to take down Cohen's contender, King. The mobster has other ideas, however, and before the fight, the daughter of Flynn's friend is kidnapped and held hostage. If Flynn doesn't throw the fight, she will die.

It has been a long time since we had a good boxing magazine or series, and the genre is sorely missed. Fight Card Productions has began a new series of boxing stories by various authors under the Jack (Dempsey) (Gene) Tunney pseudonym. For the fight fan, Paul Bishop's "Felony Fist" is the Main Event!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felony Fists Takes You Back To Golden Era of Boxing... January 25, 2012
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I'll start by saying I'm an avid reader of sports novels, boxing, in particular, of which there are few any more. Paul Bishop's "Felony Fists" is a breath of fresh air on the E Reader market: a series of novellas centered around boxing back in the 50s with a mix of everything: gangsters trying to fix fights, LAPD cops mixing it up with vagrants, and, of course, plenty of action in the ring.

Particularly enjoyed Tombstone, LAPD's first black detective, the vivid fight scenes and Felony's ongoing pursuit of a fight with The Old Mongoose, Archie Moore. Glad to see there are other books in this highly entertaining series being planned and look forward to reading those as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Two-Fisted Pulp Contender December 11, 2011
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So far as I know, it's been quite a while since fiction like this has been available, and I'm pretty stoked that it's making a comeback.

Felony Fists is an installment in the new pulp Fight Card series by "Jack Tunney." For you armchair fight historians out there, that nome de plume is exactly what you suspect it is--a fusion between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, though the series takes place in the '50s, not the '20s.

Patrick "Felony" Flynn is an LA beat cop who is also possibly the world's most seasoned amateur middleweight. He's offered a spot on the detective squad if he'll help knock gangster Mickey Cohen out of boxing. That means he has to move up in weight to light-heavy, turn pro, and check Cohen's fighter Solomon King's ascent toward a title shot against Archie Moore (who really was light-heavyweight champ at that time, and quite an extraordinary man). A middleweight moving up to fight a badass light-heavyweight is a monumental chore all by itself, but in case the reader doesn't appreciate that, the pressure is heaped upon Felony Flynn increasingly right up until the last, chapter.

During all this time, Flynn becomes partners with another rookie detective, Tombstone. A black detective on an historically/notoriously bigoted force like the LAPD must be exceptional, and Tombstone is. This subplot, a counterfeiting subplot, and the fight plot all come together and are tied off nicely. The writer set out to tell a retro-style pulp boxing yarn and I'd say he did a good job.

For my taste, Cohen's tactic to get Flynn to throw the fight was overkill. The stakes were plenty high already, as were the odds against Flynn in the fight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two-Fisted (Literally!) Action
A decent throwback to the classic 1950's style crime paperbacks with the unique addition of a boxing angle. If you're into this kind of stuff, you'll love it.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Deja
5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing, gangsters, and more
Father Tim at St. Vincent’s in Chicago had a code he taught the boys: “Being a man had to do with standing up when you got knocked down, with always doing what you said you were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Wilde
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a knockout, but a winner by unanimous decision.
Told in the style of the "pulps" that fueled America's passion for the "sweet science" in the twenties, Felony Fists has you in the ring from the opening bell... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gregg Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 8 months ago by Jerry S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good short read
if you are one that likes
diversity in your reading as I do this is a great change of pace
Published 10 months ago by Reverend Stanleigh Fremont Chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining st ory
I was not prepared to like this book as boxing doesn't interest me at all. As I began reading it, I developed more of an interest in the characters and plot, then enjoyed reading... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The inaugural Fight Card book is hard, lean and fast
Although it was Eric Beetner's "Split Decision" and "A Mouth Full of Blood" that got me into reading, and writing, the Fight Card pulps, I went back to the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jason Chirevas
5.0 out of 5 stars felony fists
Very good book but way to short. You would have to be a fan of the old classic movies to understand the way they talked in those days
Published 14 months ago by wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Slam bang action
Terrific action for fight fans. Simple story to follow with good characters. Could have had more complexity but a fast enjoyable read.
Published 16 months ago by "Oddo"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I r really enjoyed the writing style. Vintage old school, like the city. I was drawn in and seemed like I was living it.
Published 16 months ago by Ken Redinger
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