The Wolves of Fairmount Park

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 22, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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. Everyone says, “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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User Review  - norinrad10 - LibraryThing

I don't know who this fellow is or where he came from, but his two novels have been exceptional. Set on the streets of Philadelphia, this one tells the story of the ramifications of the shooting of ... Read full review


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A drive-by shooting fells two teenagers. Is it mindless accident or malice aforethought?George (Geo) Parkman and Michael Donovan are smart, likeable high school students—good kids with trouble-free ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

DENNIS TAFOYA was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Wolves of Fairmount Park is his second novel.

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