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The Wolves of Fairmount Park

A Crime Novel

by Dennis Tafoya

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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2010
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In The Wolves of Fairmount Park, Dennis Tafoya’s lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this one of the boy who was killed; Danny Martinez, a cop whose job it is to investigate the killing; and Orlando Donovan, the junkie uncle of the cop’s kid, who happens to live nearby.

No one knows what the two boys were doing in front of a dope house on Roxborough Avenue in the middle of the night, what business they might have had with gangs like Green Lane or the Tres Nortes. Even though they had a thousand dollars with them, they were good boys.

Through the fast-paced interweaving of these four distinct voices, Dennis Tafoya, author of the acclaimed Dope Thief, tells the moving story of two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the lengths that the people around them will go to find the truth.

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"Starred Review. The bleak worldview Brendan articulates...will resonate with classic noir readers, who will hope Tafoya is their guide through the mean streets for years to come." - Publishers Weekly

"Well written but bleak." - Library Journal

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Dennis Tafoya

Dennis Tafoya was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Wolves of Fairmount Park is his second novel following Dope Thief

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