Double Play

Double Play

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Penguin Putnam
Robert B. Parker fans have been quick to embrace each addition to his remarkable canon, from the legendary Spenser series to the novels featuring Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. And his occasional forays into the past-Gunman's Rhapsody, a fresh take on Wyatt Earp, and Poodle Springs, based on a Raymond Chandler story-have dazzled critics and confirmed his place among the greatest writers of this century. With Double Play, he presents us with a book he was literally born to write.

It is 1947, the year Jackie Robinson breaks major-league baseball's color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers-and changes the world. This is the story of that season, as told through the eyes of a difficult, brooding, and wounded man named Joseph Burke. Burke, a veteran of World War II and a survivor of Guadalcanal, is hired by Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey to guard Robinson. While Burke shadows Robinson, a man of tremendous strength and character suddenly thrust into the media spotlight, the bodyguard must also face some hard truths of his own, in a world where the wrong associations can prove fatal.

A brilliant novel about a very real man, Double Play is a triumph: ingeniously crafted, rich with period detail, and re-sounding with the themes familiar to Parker's readers-honor, duty, responsibility, and redemption.

Baker & Taylor
In 1947, as Jackie Robinson breaks the major league baseball color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Joseph Burke, a World War II veteran and survivor of Guadalcanal, is hired by Dodgers manager Branch Rickey to be Robinson's bodyguard.

Blackwell North Amer
It is 1947, the year Jackie Robinson breaks major-league baseball's color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers - and changes the world. This is the story of that season, as told through the eyes of a difficult, brooding, and wounded man named Joseph Burke. A veteran of World War II and a survivor of Guadalcanal, Burke is hired by Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey to guard Robinson. While Burke shadows Robinson, a man of tremendous strength and character suddenly thrust into the media spotlight, the bodyguard must also face some hard truths of his own, in a world where the wrong associations can prove fatal.

Baker
& Taylor

The Grand Master of mystery offers a richly textured, change-of-pace historical novel set in 1947, the year that Jackie Robinson breaks the major league baseball color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, as seen through the eyes of Joseph Burke, a World War II veteran and survivor of Guadalcanal, who is hired by Dodgers manager Branch Rickey as Robinson's bodyguard. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004
ISBN: 9780399151880
0399151885
Branch Call Number: F PAR
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 31, 2015

He still has a real life story that can inspire a story to become a fable. And that happens after fictional Joseph Burke meets real life Jackie Robinson. It's 1947 and Burke, a shattered war veteran moving on after a failed marriage, begins to work as a bodyguard. Job one goes sour but Burke gets a job two: working as a white bodyguard for the first black ballplayer in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson. Written with a careful attention to human yearlings and race relations, this winning book also includes separate childhood recollections from the author during this period.

carrilis Aug 17, 2012

This fiction-based-on-fact novel was quite enjoyable. It takes place the year Jackie Robinson is brought up to the majors and revolves around he and his bodyguard.

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