The subtitle, Tales of Tough Love, Bad Haircuts, and O.J., says it all. The short stories contained herein are all true and in come cases, regrettably so. There is no theme, no plot, and no lesson. They are simply the unfortunate stories of a very fortunate boy.


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Tommy Patton is a small-time crook from Buffalo’s gritty Irish-Catholic First Ward who’s always been committed to never living a law-abiding day in his life. Upon being sprung from the Erie County Jail for his latest indiscretion,Tommy learns he’s being held responsible for a debt owed to a local crime boss due to a past robbery gone wrong. With the payback deadline winding down, a two-faced mob soldier charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But eventually, the soldier’s plan goes terribly awry, exposing unholy secrets and costing people their lives. And Tommy Patton finds in his bid to stay alive that when it comes to being forgiven for his sins, no one can be trusted — not even his parish priest.

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