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Herald Square: A Novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet) Paperback – June 29, 2012
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"Herald Square is well-written, action packed and engrossing." -- Wes Vernon, The Washington Times
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Sure, it had an espionage plot set during the early Cold War days involving a NY sports writer, and his old boyhood friend, a Washington diplomat with "progressive" leanings who was under investigation by HUAC . There was really interesting local color as the story evolved during the last days of hot pennant reaches in both baseball leagues. But...a bit too much about lost love affairs, and I thought, a hero, the reporter, who was a touch too naive for an ex-war correspondent and long-time newshound.
Then the book began to get better with each chapter, until by the end, I did not want to lay it aside to finish another day.
In the end, which was very exciting, btw, I enjoyed the book enough to say I look forward to reading more by the author.
Some love scenes, not too graphic. Some violence. Lots of NYC in the 1950's ..the Stork Club, Wise guy Cab drivers from the Bronx and everybody smoked-unfiltered- and ate corned beef sandwiches from a corner deli. Miss those days...
I am now begining with Book 2 and hope there will be no such boring and page consuming details and references to baseball and boxing,
His protagonist is a decent man, in over his head, despite being a street-wise columnist for a gritty city newspaper. We follow his a awkward journey into a dark world, filled with twists and turns, bitter disappointments, punctuated by moments of sunshine and life. Satisfying and pleasureable read.