Double Play (Burke, #1) - Robert B. Parker, Robert Forster Unusual Robert Parker novel that mixes baseball history and a new character, Joseph Burke. Burke, after first having Parker define his credentials as a tough guy coming out of the Korean War who really doesn't care if he lives or dies, is hired to protect Jackie Robinson from the cretins of the world who are dismayed that a black man has been allowed into the major leagues. Obviously, there is little suspense, and the appeal of the book lies in its portrayal of a time and place. It's also a book about loyalty and friendship. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Still, it's a good read and might hold a few surprises for those born after 1970. I think it might be one of Parker's better novels.

I don't mind when authors experiment with different techniques, but in this book the "Bobby" interludes don't work at all. I do wish Parker had given him a name other than Burke since Vachss seems to have a lock on that moniker.