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June 21, 2015

ASSAULT IN FORGOTTEN ALLEY by David Y.B. Kaufmann





4 STARS


ASSAULT IN FORGOTTEN ALLEY
A Scotch and Herring Mystery
 by
David Y.B. Kaufmann



SUMMARY
(from Amazon)
The year is 1958. The time of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement.

A Black teenager is found beaten in a Jewish alley. Detective James McCallum, with only a handful of clues, calls on his once estranged friend, Rabbi Drew Aldala, for help. Their investigation leads them to jazz trumpeter Tucker Wilson—and to secrets of his past that threaten the present. Assault in Forgotten Alley explores the struggle for friendship and the differences that fascinate us . . . and often turn us against each other.

Assault in Forgotten Alley is the second installment of the Scotch & Herring Mystery series


AUTHOR
David Kaufmann has a PhD in English and has taught several courses in Literature, Composition, and Jewish Studies. In addition to his fiction, he has written numerous essays, articles, and poems. He has also edited a wide variety of material from medical texts to chess books, and much in between. He writes a weekly blog, which can be accessed at davidybkaufmann.com. Assault in Forgotten Alley is the first novel-length Scotch & Herring Mystery. He previously published Rampage on Rogers Avenue, which introduces the series. He is also the author of The Silent Witness, a young adult book set in pre-Katrina New Orleans, and Trees & Forest: A Mystery, a post-Katrina mystery set around Tulane University. David Kaufmann and his wife have seven children. They live in New Orleans.


REVIEW
SETTING: 1958 This is a well written but with an interesting plot.  The author, Mr. Kaufmann put in small details which made the story and the characters so real.    The story could be place in this year since the morals are true to that time period but also fits today.  This is a timeless story.  Once you pick up the book and start reading, you won't want to put it down.   The background story adds to the  plot of the story.  The story is rather slow at the beginning but give it some time and it will pick up. Mr. Kaufmann takes the reader on a journey that you don't expect but well worth the trip.   The is a book that the entire family could read.  No explicit scenes. 
I would recommend this book to anyone.   One thing I definitely liked is that it is a family read and there aren't a lot off them around. 


I was given a complimentary copy of ASSAULT IN FORGOTTEN ALLEY from the author, David Y.B. Kaufmann for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.



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