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One Too Many Blows To The Head (Ray & Fokoli) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 25, 2014
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About the Authors JB Kohl and Eric Beetner have written four novels together and have still never met in person. Weird, they know it. JB Kohl is the author of The Deputy’s Widow (2008) which Eric read an admired. When she read a short story of Eric’s she decided to pester him until he agreed to collaborate on something. Resistance was futile. And so, One Too Many Blows To The Head and its sequel, Borrowed Trouble were created. JB continues to work on her own novels in addition to working as a physician assistant in the very flattest part of the midwest. Rumors of her belly dancing have not been confirmed. Eric Beetner is author of several novels and novellas as well as over 60 published short stories. His books include The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, The Year I Died Seven Times, Criminal Economics, Dig Two Graves, White Hot Pistol, Blood On Their Hands, Stripper Pole At The End Of The World. He has also written two novellas in the popular Fightcard series of boxing pulps under the name Jack Tunney – Split Decision and A Mouth Full Of Blood. And some of his finest work remains unpublished, waiting to be released on the world. For more visit ericbeetner.blogspot.com JB and Eric’s latest collaboration, Over Their Heads, will be released soon. It is a contemporary crime novel filled with over the top action and violence. Exactly the kind of book Ray Ward and Dean Fokoli would read in a ten cent paperback.
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Set in 1939 around Kansas City boxing, mob control, and murder, it is part boxing tale, part detective story, and is as noir-ish and as pulpy as anything ever written. Make no bones about it. This book is excellent. If you like old-time boxing tales, this is your ticket. If you read hardboiled detective fiction, this is your ticket as well. From cover to cover, this tale takes the reader on a journey back in time to the late 30’s to Kansas City to the troubled lives of two men whose paths are destined to cross.
One, a boxing manager, who managed his own brother, and watched his own brother get beaten to a bloody pulp and die in the ring, a death that never should’ve happened. But, it did, in a corrupt, mob-controlled sport where the money changing hands on bets is more important than a man’s life. Tormented by what happened and his inability to do anything that can bring his brother back, Ray becomes a man on the run.
His narrative alternates with that of Detective Fokoli, who has his own demons to deal with, including an alcoholic wife, the mystery of what happened to his partner, and a new partner, who might not be tough enough to deal with what life has to offer them. He’s on the trail of whoever killed a boxing manager, one who used to sing to the police and knew just about everything going down.
This tale is rich, complex, filled with characters with long history. The prose flows quickly despite the fact that more than one author contributed to the story. It is a great read for anyone who loves old pulp fiction and the dark, gloomy places in the city. Impossible really to say enough good things about this one. It is a rich vein of pure gold.
Fokoli had a past he wasn't proud of that seemed to catching up with him and hot on the trail of a killer.
I could feel their pain and anger. JB and Eric made them real to me and gave me a very unexpected ending! I can't wait to read Borrowed Trouble, the next in the Ray and Fokoli Series!
And the disrepair in their existence