Fixer reviewed by Andrew Ian Dodge, Blogger News Network
Didn't know what to expect from this novel as it's set in the turn
of century NYC at the time of Mayor La Guardia. However the main character
seemed interesting; the son of a Jewish refugee from the wrong side of
the tracks. I learned a few things about the history of NYC from this
tale as I enjoyed the tale.
Brodow cleverly mixes fact and fiction into quite a taut read. I managed
to read it in one evening as it was not one of those novels that is easy
to put down. Its concise length and lack of fluff add to the flow of this
fine novel. The author and his publisher were very careful to produce
a quality book. They even include a bookmark.
The story is about a bloke named Harry and his path from polio afflicted
child to power broker and good samaritan for the entire city. Not blinded
by prejudice the man finds the ability to help some of the most anti-semitic
people possible, the Irish Catholics. When younger he is constantly under-threat
of anti-semitic violence, but does not let this embitter him towards anyone.
This attitude allows him to take down, in an official position, some vicious
anti-semites who wish to rile up New Yorkers in their version of brown
Along the way the author provides the reader with mini-bios of those important
characters that Harry encounters, real or fictional. The key quality of
this book is that Harry is believable enough to have existed. There are
times when it's hard to determine what part is historical and what part
I will let you discover the ins and outs of this excellent tale of success
by hard work and a driven attitude. I cannot recommend this book highly
enough to do it justice. It's a perfect airplane or train book.