Blue Collar Boston Cool by Michael A. Connelly
Schraft Street Shenanigans

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Lately, the lively, often unruly, and occasionally dangerous Schraft Street in Boston has become Jim Herlihy’s entire world. As he struggles to eke a meager existence from the small assets he owns—a neighborhood gym, local sports bar, and a renovated old three-decker— his challenges are compounded because the love of his life is in love with someone else, and his troubled young tenant, stripper Amy Jordan, for whom he has developed a powerful brotherly affection, is in love with him.

After a few contentious run-ins with notorious local gangster Hoary Harry Annunzio—who seriously worries Jim when he drunkenly threatens to rape little Amy—his friend and local cop Carlton Carrollton jokingly suggests Jim consider a preemptive strike against Harry. And then when Harry is unexpectedly found brutally beaten to death, the cops and especially two rival gangsters very seriously want to know who did it. Wild rumors are circulating in this suddenly dangerous, self-contained little world, and Jim finds himself a suspect, despite his reputation as a sane, hardworking, and normally very good-natured businessman. Something’s gotta give—and the inside neighborhood dope does include that Jim Herlihy can be a very tough customer when absolutely necessary.

In this entertaining murder mystery, a gritty Boston neighborhood and its hardcore boss are thrust in the midst of madness as a killer waits to strike again.

About Michael A. Connelly

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Michael A. Connelly grew up in a blue collar Boston neighborhood as the son of a Boston cop. He graduated from Northeastern University with a master's degree in accounting and enjoyed a successful business career working in both large public companies and small entrepreneurial businesses. Michael is the author of three other novels: An Informal Boston Education (2008); One Batter One Pitch (2008); and Mandate: A Man for the Times (2012).
Published October 26, 2012 by iUniverse. 198 pages
Genres: Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Connelly's (A Man for the Times, 2012, etc.) fourth novel follows Jim Herlihy's tumultuous life as a struggling businessman, a murder suspect and the object of a young stripper's affection.

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