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Returning from WWII, Joseph Burke seeks to find life, love and employment in the new America. He is recently divorced and scarred by the process. He becomes a fighter but is not quite good enough, and
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without alternate skills, becomes a bodyguard. He is hired to guard a young, wild, narcissistic young woman. After a scene of passionate lovemaking in the public park, Burke finds himself in love with the young woman, but is ultimately fired by her father and once again finds himself seeking employment in the only field he knows.

Burke then becomes bodyguard to Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who is the first black player in the all-white American sport of baseball. Keeping Jackie alive, uninjured and able to PLAY BALL! takes all of Burke's physical and mental ability. During the year that they are together, he learns hard lessons about family, society, friendship and racism. It is a turning point in both their lives.

Organized crime rears its ugly head. There is also jealousy, retaliation and a return of his former love interest, who has married, but is unable to forget Burke. Who lives and who dies and who gets the girl are questions to be answered.

The book is rich in historical detail and a fun, fast read.
The review of this Book prepared by Deborah Spaulding

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   militia/racists Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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