Double Play by Robert B. Parker

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1947: Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier—and changes the world. The event also changes the life of Robinson's bodyguard—and those changes can prove fatal.


About Robert B. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
Published June 7, 2005 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Rickey wants Burke to be Robinson's bodyguard, to protect him from the inevitable horde of vicious types who’ll be ready to kill each and every time a black man appears in a Dodgers uniform.

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Set in 1947, Parker's superb new novel imagines what it was like for Jackie Robinson, and more centrally for Robinson's (fictional) bodyguard, to see the color barrier broken in Major Leagu

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Burke foils one assassination attempt on Robinson's life, only to discover that an unhappy episode in Burke's past is now coming back on him and is endangering Robinson as well.

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Entertainment Weekly

Parker is perhaps the only living writer who can lay claim to having collaborated with Raymond Chandler, the guy who .

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But it also is the story of a very courageous man, Jackie Robinson, who had to become the symbol for an entire race and deal with all the trash talk and physical threats with grace and dignity, something very difficult for a proud man to do.

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Burke, a veteran of .

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