Felony Fists

Felony Fists Los Angeles Patrick Felony Flynn has been fighting all his life Learning the sweet science from Father Tim the fighting priest at St Vincent s the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brothe

  • Title: Felony Fists
  • Author: Paul Bishop Jack Tunney
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Los Angeles 1954Patrick Felony Flynn has been fighting all his life Learning the sweet science from Father Tim the fighting priest at St Vincent s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.Legendary LAPD chief William Parker iLos Angeles 1954Patrick Felony Flynn has been fighting all his life Learning the sweet science from Father Tim the fighting priest at St Vincent s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad is his blunt instrument dedicated, honest, and fearless Promotion from patrol to detective is Pat s goal, but he also yearns to be one of the elite.And his fists are going to give him the chance.Gangster Mickey Cohen runs LA s rackets, and murderous heavyweight Solomon King is Cohen s key to taking over the fight game Chief Parker wants wants Patrick Felony Flynn to stop him a tall order for middleweight ship s champion with no professional record.Leading with his chin, and with his partner, LA s first black detective Tombstone Jones, covering his back, Patrick Flynn and his Felony Fists are about to fight for his future, the future of the department, and the future of Los Angeles.

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    1. Noir novella that delivers the grit and guts. The usual tropes: hooker with a heart of gold, orphan street rat done good under the strict eye of the benevolent Father, dirty cops, scrupulous mobsters, unscrupulous mobsters and honor where you least expect it. Even with all that, I liked the characters. I liked Pat and Tombstone they resonated with me even though they fit the mould. Heavy on the boxing, so if the brutality or lingo is a no go then this book won't connect. Some nice Los Angeles to [...]

    2. Second in a new series that harks back to the old fight pulps of the depression era. Though a fan of the pulps, mostly the hero series, this one crackles with action like those others. Jack Tunney this time around is Paul Bishop, author and L.A. policeman.Set in 1954, this is the story of Patrick "Felony" Flynn, orphan, amateur boxer, and police officer. He wants to be a detective and so performs his uniform duties with a vigor that earned him his nickname.He gets his chance when the police chie [...]

    3. Boxing is a real man’s sport. Nothing can match the shear force of will between two matched pugilists, going toe to toe in a ring surrounded by cheering fans. It’s a sport with rules and standards, so we’re not talking gladiatorial combat here. But the goal of the match is for one opponent to pound the other into submission. And, in an ideal world, the victor will help the vanquished up from the mat so they can go fight another day.Jack Tunney has written several short novels about the box [...]

    4. The first book in the Fight Card series, Paul Bishop is the author behind this series starter, and he has written an excellent tale that blends boxing and the underworld of the early 1950's LA.Patrick “Felony” Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the “sweet science” from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent’s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world – first with the Navy and now with the Los [...]

    5. FELONY FISTS takes place in 1954, and author Paul Bishop captures the tone and feel of the heavy-hitting crime novels of the time perfectly. Patrick "Felony" Flynn is a tough-guy cop who grew up in a Chicago orphanage, where he was taught the art and science of boxing by fighting priest Father Tim. Flynn has an understandable soft spot for the downtrodden, especially orphaned or abandoned youngsters heading down the wrong path, but this compassionate streak doesn't extend to bullies or thugs, wh [...]

    6. You don't see that many boxing novels around anymore. But I enjoy reading them, so I bought Felony Fists, and it's a hardboiled treat. Set in 1954's Los Angeles, Patrick “Felony” Flynn is a young policeman who's good with his fists. He's gained fight experience from his hardscrabble background and boxing matches while in the Navy. Flynn is set on the path to fight several boxers, leading up to earn his shot at the champion Archie Moore. At the same time, Flynn is investigating the local mobs [...]

    7. Imagine a wholesome James Ellroy. The "Fight Card" series is tough and gritty, but by design it stays within more PG-rated bounds (maybe a mild R for violence). Paul Bishop knows his L.A. -- as well he should, being a veteran of the LAPD -- and he's got plenty of experience putting together action stories. So you're in good hands here. The L.A. gangland backdrop and the period put me in mind of Ellroy, but without his darkness. Patrick Flynn makes a good square-jawed hero, and the supporting cha [...]

    8. Father Tim at St. Vincent’s in Chicago had a code he taught the boys: “Being a man had to do with standing up when you got knocked down, with always doing what you said you were going to do, and with fighting fair – never cheating, never taking what wasn’t yours, and never, never, backing down from a challenge. “Felony Flynn” left the orphanage, joined the Navy at fifteen, and joined the LAPD, taking his code with him. He boxed at night at the Olympic Auditorium and, during the day, [...]

    9. Like the other Fight Card book I’ve read, Split Decision (Eric Beetner I believe), I just loved it. In a lot of ways this is the perfect kind of noir crime book, for me at least: Set in Los Angeles in 1954: main character an officer with the LAPD, main protagonist gangster Mickey Cohen and his gang of thugs, and, boxing, lots of boxingNow, in real life I don’t really care for boxing. When I was a kid I loved it and used to watch the fights every week on local Los Angeles TV station Channel F [...]

    10. I have mentioned before how I think sports pulps are overlooked by a lot of the New Pulp publishers currently creating new pulp fiction, my own Pulp Empire included. Thankfully the modern publishing industry makes it easy for just about anyone to fill that void. Enter crime writer and LA police officer Paul Bishop and veteran genre writer Mel Odom.Together they created “Jack Tunney” a collective pseduonym they could use to publish their own line of boxing fiction under.Bishop’s entry is ca [...]

    11. Los Angeles 1954Patrick “Felony” Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the “sweet science” from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent’s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world – first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city. His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad [...]

    12. Patrick “Felony” O’Flynn is a cop in the ever-vacillating Los Angeles of the 1950’s, but his consuming passion is boxing—and he’s damn good at it. So good in fact, that his boss gives him an unusual assignment: get in the ring with crime boss Mickey Cohen’s contender and make sure he doesn’t get a shot at the title. Simple in theory, but stopping Cohen and his fighter is going to take every bit of skill and fortitude Patrick has, and test his commitment to justice. Especially whe [...]

    13. This story is based in LA in 1954. The main character, Patrick "Felony" Flynn, is a cop and amateur boxer. He and a colleague on the LAPD are trying to bring down mobster Mickey Cohen. Patrick and his brother were raised in an orphanage, and the book refers to this, as well as Patrick's service in the Navy prior to joining the police force. The book is written with some language from the 50s, so it stayed authentic to the time period. There was too much description of certain things (in one chap [...]

    14. Old school pulp, LA Noir. Felony Fists is a real treat for those who like it old school, AMC/Noir style. Set in 50s LA, firmly in the pulp style of the men's magazines of the period, 'Fists' is also a boxing story, written by a man with obvious knowledge and love of the Sweet Science -- for me, it brought back memories of watching matches on UHF, out of the Olympic Auditorium or other venues (Hey, remember when you could actually watch boxing for free?).Paul Bishop himself is a veteran Southland [...]

    15. I am really liking these books! The narration of this book is first person, but it's not the typical look-at-me-see-how-cool-I-am kind of first person that we are seeing way too much of these days. There is nothing attention-seeking about what this protagonist is saying. Rather, it's more like having guest admittance into the character's head, so that you experience his thoughts as he processes them. The book is interesting in a way that I can best describe as anthropological. Boxing may not be [...]

    16. I liked the 1950's era style writinge use of words like palooka, gams, and such. There was relatively little profanity or sexual references. The plot moved, al be it slowly at some points, but was engaging overall. This book really wasn't my style, but might be more suited for people that like old cop and mobster shows.

    17. Pretty good book wasn't sure what to expect, but a (kinda sorta) police procedural with boxing as the backdrop proved to make a decent story. I'd be interested in reading more from this author/series.

    18. An excellent book1 Great plot and really vivid characters who jump off the pages. Filled with enough 50's gangsters like Mickey Cohen, Felony Fists is heavy on the kind of action that keeps you turning the pages. If you like boxing and noir, you won't be disappointed.

    19. Very authentic feeling. I believed I was in 1954. If Jonathan Craig and Charles Williams had gotten together and written a book with boxing, I imagine it would've been something like this. Great read, and Tunney is a great writer.

    20. Boxing, funny money, Mickey Cohen and a cop on the ropes. I liked this short novel a lot and will definitely be reading more of this series.

    21. Good stuffI r really enjoyed the writing style. Vintage old school, like the city. I was drawn in and seemed like I was living it.

    22. A good short readif you are one that limestone diversity in your reading as I do this is a great change of pace

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