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Publisher's Weekly called the Duffy Series, "Fresh, intense and funny...Duffy delivers a knockout punch." Kirkus said they were "Refreshingly iconoclastic." Crimespree Magazine said, "One of the five best books I read this year."
Read more about Tom on his blog at http://www.tomschreck.com, www.facebook.com/authortomschreck, www.facebook.com/duffydombrowski and follow him on Twitter at Schrecktom
Top Customer Reviews
Thrillers or mysteries, I've found, can be broadly divided into two categories -- those set in what is more or less recognizable as the real world and those which create their own fictional universe with its own behavioral norms. I tend to favor the first -- but this book has only the vaguest connection to reality so I would place it in the second.
Dubrowksi is invited to become the sparring partner in Las Vegas for two weeks for an aspiring Russian heavyweight champion. Despite the fact that his doctor tells him he may have taken a few too many punches and he suffers from incipient brain symptoms that would be a matter of grave concern for anyone half normal, he accepts. Accompanied by his stinky and out-of-control dog Al (who acts as his moral conscience) he boards the plane for Vegas where he is accommodated in a brothel just outside the city. Wouldn't you know it, he meets a whore with a heart of gold.
Vegas itself is a rather seedy and unappealing character in this book.
Al is supposed to provide some kind of comic relief (and he gets to visit a pet spa) -- but this reader wasn't laughing too hard.
We also meet, through italics, a mysterious serial killer who is gunning down Mexicans in the town. This particular aspect of the plot is not handled with any realism at all. The faceless killer is supposed to be creepy and menacing but comes off as a caricature. The resolution of this plot strand doesn't pack much of a punch.Read more ›
This book has a few intrigues going on at once. Like the best of Parker and Coben, Schreck's main character, the professional sparring partner and social worker, Duffy Dombrowski, is well-developed and with great depth. This enables the plot to include some real human interest elements to go with the humor and the mysteries.
Although classified as a mystery, this is not a standard whodunit. Duffy is going through life in his usual take-it-as-it-comes manner. There is a parallel under story of murders of Mexicans in Las Vegas, but this does not impact him for quite some time. For most of the book, Duffy is dealing with the vagaries of being employed by the Russian mob.
There is a lot of good humor here to go with the good story lines. Duffy's "posse" of four, who normally don't leave their usual bar stools is priceless. Their conversations are laugh out loud funny while being perfectly believable despite their absurdity. Duffy's bassett hound, Al, adds to the book in unforeseen ways.
I have only one caution. In the first 60 or so pages, there was a lot of scatological humor that would put a 14 year old boy on his knees with guffaws, but not so much for adults. I was pleased and relieved that after that start, the humor became much richer.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for a good fun read.
Duffy works as a social worker in upstate New York, but because he is a decent "South-Paw" boxer he is offered a chance to go to Vegas to spar with a Russian boxing heavyweight to get him ready for a championship bout for the best money that he has ever made. Of course he can't turn it down; he just has to get out of going to a social work training camp in the Catskills. With Duffy where there is a will, there is a way. Nothing is ever simple for Duffy and his big heart and since he gets a whole house to live in at a "Brothel" he invites four of his friends to come on out. Oh yeah he couldn't leave his basset hound, Al behind either. It's so funny how he gets Al there. While in Vegas, Duffy helps out prostitutes, illegal, and legal Mexicans, with the help of Al, of course.
Duffy's character reminds me of Nelson Demille's John Corey, who always keeps me laughing. Tom Schreck is a very good story teller and his words go smoothly onto the paper and back to this reader's mine to create a very refreshing story. I am going to read the two previous Duffy Dombrowski novels, since this one was so enjoyable. Like the author, Tom Schreck, I live in the Albany, NY area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun book full of twists and turns. And always keeps the human factor there to keep you rooting for the underdogPublished 2 months ago by Julia Grant
Tom Schreck needs to write, write, write. I am now reading his last book that he has written and I'm going to be at a loss as to what to read next...he has spoiled me! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhonda Vigus
Every smart and witty. It was an easy read that was quite smart and delicate as to how it was rolled out.Published 13 months ago by DyJuan
Duffy is an idiot but you find yourself cheering him on as he works himself into and out of trouble. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Avid Reader
good enough to read more books by Tom Schreck....what are titles of other books he has written?Published 14 months ago by Carole