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Tom MacDonald, "The Charlestown Connection"

The Charlestown Connection

Dermot Sparhawk is stacking cans and tidying up in the Saint Jude Thaddeus food pantry on a deadly silent Charlestown night. All of a sudden, an unholy crashing at the door: in staggers Jeepster Hennessy, his godfather fresh off a bid, with a knife lodged in his back. Jeepster reels, gasps, hands Sparhawk a key, utters a single word, and dies in Dermot's hands.

Thus begins Tom MacDonald's new spy thriller, The Charlestown Connection. Gangs, junkies, winos, feds and flat-feet prowl the knockdown streets of Charlestown, and it's up to Sparhawk, the Irish/Native American ex-football star, with a bum knee and a tenuous hold on sobriety, to navigate the crime and degradation, to run down the mystery of Jeepster's killer and stay loyal to the few friends and family he's got laid up in Charlestown.

Tom MacDonald joins us to talk about his debut spy novel, his work in Charlestown, and treading a path where only Boston greats like Dennis Lehane and Robert Parker have walked before.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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