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Double Play par [Parker, Robert B.]
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Set in 1947, Parker's superb new novel imagines what it was like for Jackie Robinson, and more centrally for Robinson's (fictional) bodyguard, to see the color barrier broken in Major League baseball. This isn't Parker's first foray outside the mystery genre, though he remains best known for his Spenser PI series (this year's (Bad Business, etc.); in 2001 he dramatized Wyatt Earp in (Gunman's Rhapsody, and earlier he excelled with Perchance to Dream, Wilderness and Love and Glory. In an unusual gambit, however, this time he mixes his storytelling with his firsthand reminiscences (in chapters titled "Bobby") of growing up as a devoted Dodgers fan, a move that adds resonance and a sense of wonder to the taut narrative. The fiction, told in the third person, focuses on Joseph Burke, a WWII vet grievously wounded physically and emotionally by combat and its aftermath. Burke is a hired gun who allows himself no feelings, but when he signs on with Dodger owner Branch Rickey to protect Robinson from racist violence during the ballplayer's rookie season, he comes to respect, then love, the proud, controversial player. Burke also falls for Lauren, a self-destructive society girl with mob connections whom he worked for before Robinson, and it's from Lauren's troubles and the threat of violence surrounding Robinson that the novel's hard, smart action arises. Burke is a tough guy, and the narrative not set around baseball fields takes place in the white and black underworlds as Burke plays various gangsters against one another to protect both Lauren and Robinson. Parker, always a clean writer, has never written so spare and tight a book; this should be required reading for all aspiring storytellers. Parker fans will recognize with joy many of the author's lifelong themes (primarily, honor and the redemptive power of love), and in the Burke/Robinson dynamic, echoes of Spenser/Hawk (the PI's black colleague). Here they will treasure the very essence of Parker in a masterful recreation of a turbulent era that's not only a great and gripping crime novel but also one of the most evocative baseball novels ever written.
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The problem with this new novel from the creator of hard-boiled uber-hero Spenser is simple: this is a Spenser novel with new names. Burke is the Spenser clone. He's back from World War II after sustaining severe wounds. After his bride leaves him, he loses his emotional center. After his boxing career fizzles, he hires himself out as a tough guy. (Sound familiar Spenser fans?) A Mob guy refers Burke to Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who needs someone to protect Jackie Robinson, who is about to become baseball's first black player. Burke and Robinson swap lots of good-natured racial barbs (a la Spenser and Hawk), while Burke confronts the local Mob with the help of a gunsel named Cash (Vince Haller by another name). Interspersed among the mayhem are somewhat disconcerting (why here?) recollections (assumed to be Parker's) of trips to the ballpark in the forties. So is this book bad? No, it's quite good actually, but Parker is at a point in his career (he got there a long time ago) where great athletes sometimes find themselves: 50 more homers for Barry Bonds? Not as many as last year! Despite the similarities to his Spenser series, Parker's characterizations of Burke and Robinson will resonate with readers because, as always, Parker connects with the romantic tough guy residing in so many souls. Wes Lukowsky
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  • Taille du fichier : 2103 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 316 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0399151885
  • Editeur : No Exit Press; Édition : New Ed (28 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My how things have changed. 9 juin 2004
Par A Reader - Publié sur
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This is a novel of nostalgia and nausea. Nostalgia for the days of The Dodgers and the Giants and the Yankees, all in New York City, all the best teams in baseball. Italicized interludes describe a boy growing up in Boston as a Dodger fan.
Other reviewers have said this part is autobiographical.
The plot is Jacky Robinson's first year at the Dodgers and he needs a body guard. This body guard some critics have called just a card-board import from Parker's Spencer series. I think he is much more.
This is fictional part is the source of my nausea. I am a old white male who grew up in America in the time described in this novel. The author is a white male. The book attempts to give a window into what it was like to be a Negro adult then. When a black man could be killed for accidently bumping into a white woman on the sidewalk. The killers of Emmet Till are facing federal trial again in the near future. In 1947 they would have been congratulated for upholding the standards of the community.
America in 1947 had much to be proud of. But the whole truth requires confession that we were also a sick society.
It would take a black man, adult in 1947, to judge the accuracy of this book. But it comes close enough for me to cry there is some hope, we have changed for the better.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At the top of his form 7 juillet 2004
Par Richard B. Schwartz - Publié sur
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This is Parker on the stretch, away from his favorite characters, away from his Boston setting, plunged into the past. When he's stretched he's at the top of his form and demonstrates his moves on every page.
Most of all, the Jackie Robinson story is a story about a time and the first third of the book is background. Parker does the postwar period masterfully and the interspersed personal chapters are a nice, innovative touch. They've drawn some criticism, unwarranted in my opinion.
The characters are fresh, the plotting and dialogue as economical as the best Parker, the resolution touching. I read it straight through, disrupting all of my prior plans for the day, and not regretting a moment of it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 More like Virgil Cole than Spenser 25 mai 2015
Par Jeffrey Bochner - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
No fun or humor to this damaged man. Burke is what we can imagine Virgil Cole was like before he met Hitch. Told in the third person (unlike most Parker stories) we're kept at arm's length from Burke. The segues back to Parker's Dodger memories however brings us back into the familiar Parker first person. My father was Brooklyn born and a big Dodgers fan. Having lost him recently, and he being of the same era as Parker, it was nice to hear my father's voice in those same memories.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 If you like RBP, You'll like this. 3 février 2016
Par C. Hosen - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
It's a Robert B. Parker I hadn't read. Like all his stuff I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you're interested in Jackie Robinson's story, this isn't the book for you. If you're interested in spending a couple hours in a late 1940's version of the Spenser Universe, this is a fun book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Robert B. Parker winner 6 juin 2017
Par Johan Spijker - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Wonderful historical fiction of Jackie Robinson during his early pro career.
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