Nicholas [“Duke”] Ducheski played basketball for a small town high school and won a lifetime of admiration for one minute in a championship game with a last minute jump shot, winning the game and the title. Forever after he was known as Duke and the town replayed that minute recorded by an announcer over and over again. Instead of going to college, he got his girlfriend pregnant and worked in the steel mill. She came from a mafia family and her twin brother not only was Duke’s nemesis, but was the Don’s enforcer, feared by everyone, and a murderer.
It was Duke’s ambition to accomplish something else besides his glory for a single shot, and after years of toil, he opened a successful restaurant. When his brother-in-law murdered his best friend, Duke put into effect a plan to avenge his friend’s death. The result: entering the witness protection program and walking away from everything he worked to achieve, as well as a woman he loved. Essentially this is his story and what ensued.
The novel is uneven, with vast portions well-written and interesting. However, it drags on, and in many ways is repetitious. The conclusion seems mechanical and is a simple solution to finish the story. It is a worthwhile tale nevertheless and can be recommended [even though I felt that the novel is not up to the standards of the author’s previous efforts]....Continua