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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 www.bishsbeat.blogspot.com, and followed via Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/loszoj2)and Twitter (@BishsBeat). The Fight Card series can be tracked at www.fightcardbooks.com

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  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146794422X
  • Publisher: Fight Card Productions (January 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066I74UE
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heath on December 19, 2011
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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 By Neal Bogosian on 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
Author, THE ADVENTURES OF CHIP DOOLIN
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed Lynskey, on 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 By Virginia E. Johnson on 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 By Brian A. DeVido on 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 By Virtual Pulp on 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 round...er, 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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