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Scooter

by Mick Foley

Scooter by Mick Foley
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2005
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The time is 1969. Scooter Riley is a regular kid growing up in the Bronx, on Shakespeare Avenue, just north of Yankee Stadium. His father, Patrick Riley, is a New York City cop; his beat is Harlem, streets that are getting rougher by the day in the wake of the assassinations of Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy. Riley's Spartan code of ethics and unwavering sense of duty to his neighborhood and the Force will carry him through; neither homicide nor drugs are going to get in his way, even if his wife does want them to get the hell out of the Bronx and for him to take a "safe" job somewhere in the suburbs. He's happy with things as they are and wants to make time stand still, going to Yankee games in the neighborhood as he did growing up (as a boy he'd waited for hours to meet Joe D.—the great Yankee Clipper—and collected two decades of Yankee autographs of Yogi, Larson, Lopat, Mantle, too; on yearbooks, scorecards, ticket stubs, Spaldeens). Riley wants his son, Scooter—named after Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto, MVP, 1950—to have a childhood just like his own.....

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'Former pro wrestler Foley proves his authorial chops with this hard-edged coming-of-age tale (after Tietam Brown) about a turbulent childhood amid the decay of the Bronx in the late '60s and '70s.' - PW.

'Foley has yet to learn the art of the telling detail (he prefers to summarize everything, sometimes twice). Readers may actually become nostalgic for Tietam Brown (Foley's first novel), which at least featured a clear conflict and one unforgettable character. But, again, expect demand because of print run and publicity--because the author once terrorized the ring, not readers.' - Booklist.

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Mick Foley (Michael Francis "Mick" Foley Sr.) was born June 7, 1965 and grew up in East Setauket, New York. He is a retired American professional wrestler, author, comedian, color commentator, actor, and voice actor.

Foley is the author of Tietam Brown, Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling and Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, as well as three children's books. He wrestled professionally for fifteen years and was a three-time WWE champion. Foley lives with his wife and four children on Long Island.

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