The place: Chicago, Illinois. The year: 1937. A city struggles to recover from the lawless legacy of Prohibition and the destructive consequences of the Great Depression. The inequities of race and social class are vast and growing. In a rigidly segregated society, the average citizen keeps to his own kind, keeps his head down, and toils just to make ends meet. During this turbulent time, a young immigrant labors in obscurity, deep within the teeming confines of the Pilsen district. He dreams of being a professional prizefighter. The young man's prospects are few until he befriends an elderly African American boxer who agrees to coach him, molding him into a first class athlete. Together, the unlikely pair chase the elusive goal of a Middleweight Crown. Across town, another young man has a mentor of a different sort. One who schools him in the fine art of the "quick buck". This boy, rescued from abject poverty, pursues wealth and power with ruthless zeal, surrendering to the darker side of human nature. Abandoning all compassion, he eagerly embraces a life of crime and brutality. A disillusioned Detective, grappling with a deep personal grief has become obsessed with fighting crime. His work has become his solace, his only virtue, his redemption. Exceeding the bounds of his authority, he fanatically persecutes the criminals of his precinct, setting him on a dangerous path of confrontation and violence. As these worlds become inextricably entangled, loyalty is forsaken and heartfelt dreams are crushed. A righteous quest for greatness ends in tragedy. This is an intricately woven tale of good versus evil, of sacrifice and love. This is a story of happiness and heartbreak and darkness, this Windy City Nocturne.
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The author was born and raised on the west side of Chicago, experiencing first hand, the glory and peril of the inner-city. Coming of age in an era of social dissent, racial conflict, and political assassination; he became a student of human psychology, seeking to unravel the mysteries behind action and motivation. At a young age he discovered the therapeutic powers of writing, both as an escape and conversely as a vehicle for coming to terms with the world around him. A proud product of the Chicago Public School System, he studied at the University of Illinois and is currently a practicing Architect. Though his first love is writing, he divides his time between addressing the realities of the physical environment and exploring the freedom of the imagination.
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