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Herman Harris, called Mo by his friends, is enticed to Boston during the summer vacation of his college freshman year. Thinking he is helping his old girlfriend, instead he becomes embroiled in a game of give back that pits him against two Boston gangsters.


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Herman Harris, called Mo by his friends, is enticed to Boston during the summer vacation of his college freshman year. Thinking he is helping his old girlfriend, instead he becomes embroiled in a game of give back that pits him against two Boston gangsters.

30 review for Boston Boogie

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Matsui

    A.J. Converse doesn’t waste ink drawing you right into the action. Boston Boogie, set in the 1960s, opens with the main character and narrator, Mo, with his hands tied and his feet encased in concrete literally trying to keep his head above water. A couple of thugs, tasked with giving Mo that sinking feeling after a heave-ho into the Charles River, blow their assignment. In the darkness, Mo rolls into the Charles, under the wharf leaving his would-be assassins wondering what to do next. Just as I A.J. Converse doesn’t waste ink drawing you right into the action. Boston Boogie, set in the 1960s, opens with the main character and narrator, Mo, with his hands tied and his feet encased in concrete literally trying to keep his head above water. A couple of thugs, tasked with giving Mo that sinking feeling after a heave-ho into the Charles River, blow their assignment. In the darkness, Mo rolls into the Charles, under the wharf leaving his would-be assassins wondering what to do next. Just as I’m thinking Mo isn't the hero of the story or this will be the shortest book ever, he finds a way to elude his captors in what has to be the slowest get-away ever. We feel every painful movement and soggy breath Mo takes as he out waits/wits the less-than-diligent hitmen. This sets the stage for a now untied, concrete-free Mo to seek whatever level of revenge a lone college-age guy can manage against Boston crime boss Whitey Moonie. Hampering his progress is a leg in a cast – the result of the too-tight fit of the concrete overshoes and the use of a jackhammer to remove them, and a couple of enticing damsels. Are their plays real or are they really playing him? Further hurdles include dodging bullets and mayhem from a black gang on the rise, a less-than-benevolent Irish society, cops with questionable loyalties and the obstinance of a church leader. In the background, the conflicting approaches of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X play out as the Irish influence in Boston still holds. This is a first-rate read with interesting twists and characters that I loved and loved to hate. Definitely five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Glassman

    Converse wrote in the first person and I immediately found myself as "Mo" the main character, gangster and protagonist. Having used crutches myself I could agonize over "Mo's" handicap described so well from the very first chapters. Mo comes from San Diego and has to discover Boston, a feat done gradually and successfully through the eyes of the main characters. I was born and brought up in Boston and when attending Boston University School of Medicine I had to interact with the South Boston Iris Converse wrote in the first person and I immediately found myself as "Mo" the main character, gangster and protagonist. Having used crutches myself I could agonize over "Mo's" handicap described so well from the very first chapters. Mo comes from San Diego and has to discover Boston, a feat done gradually and successfully through the eyes of the main characters. I was born and brought up in Boston and when attending Boston University School of Medicine I had to interact with the South Boston Irish and other minorities. They had strict turf rules and we had to wear a short white coat and place a "BU Home Medical Service" placard on our dashboard if we wanted our car and ourselves to have free access to the community. Converse makes the South Boston gangster culture believable because it was real - I walked the streets of Southie in 1960's. I couldn't help but equate Whitey Moony with the recently convicted Whitey Bulger and hated both of them. You will too. If you like crime drama and want to feel like a participant who overcomes lumps and bumps mentally and physically then Boston Boogie is for you. Peter Glassman MD, PhD

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Clark

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    rosemary

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Brambilla

  6. 4 out of 5

    lollie clark

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kirby Sullivan

    Meh.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn G Lounge

  9. 4 out of 5

    sally hill

  10. 5 out of 5

    bonnie shoults

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn W. Bishop

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Quinn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

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    Guy A. Giantonio

  16. 5 out of 5

    Don bouche

  17. 4 out of 5

    Loraine DeBeatham

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Prestridge

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    Ilda Grant

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chet Tata

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Robert Ramer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emery DeWitt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Stafford

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Evans

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kilday Family

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra J. McMahill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark A McGahan

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