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North River by Pete Hamill

North River by Pete Hamill (2007)
In 1930 New York, the Depression is on and like the rest of America, New Yorkers are struggling to exist. Political corruption runs rampart and Dr. James Delaney, a local G.P., serves the indigent. He mourns the disappearance of his wife who left him. His daughter who leaves her child literally on his doorstep is being pursued by the FBI. Dr. Delaney saves the life of a longtime friend, who now happens to be a mobster. By doing this he puts himself and his grandson in the path of a rival gang's revenge. This story is beautifully crafted and gives a detailed look into life in Greenwich Village during the 1930s. It is a love story, love lost and found, love in human goodness, love in an unfair world.

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