The Pulaski Prowler

by Todd Daley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/3/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781665502757
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781665502740

About the Book

Tom Haley, a rookie college teacher, is awakened by someone fiddling with his front door. Rushing downstairs, he sees a man hurrying down the street with a pronounced limp. The following day, he looks around Pulaski Avenue on his old red bicycle. He stops at the flats, a string of flat-roofed attached houses, where he meets Marcie Flann, a sensual waitress at the Prima Diner. Despite differences in background and outlook, the two begin dating. In the meantime, Tom helps the local police solve a rash of burglaries in the area. Through patient sleuthing, he learns the prowler’s name – Ron Luco, where he grew up and had gone to school. He also discovers that Marcie was Luco’s former girlfriend. A local jewelry store heist is linked to Luco, but through intimidation and an alibi, he is acquitted. Later, Marcie is disturbed by someone walking on her roof. By the time Tom arrives, the elusive culprit is gone. The plot turns, as Tom finds himself under surveillance by the relentless Luco, who carries a handgun. Amidst a stickball game at local schoolyard, Luco shows up – threatening Tom and Marcie with a gun. The narrative is interspersed with thumbnail sketches on racism, antisemitism, sports, infectious diseases, nuclear energy, algebra, statistics, history, poetry, immigration, and philosophy.

About the Author

The author has taught science and mathematics for many years on the high school and college levels. His approach to teaching is to make abstract principles concrete by connecting them to everyday life. The student ought to come away with knowledge of math, science, history, literature, and even philosophy. More importantly, each student should have the ability to solve problems, think rationally, embrace all cultures and ethnicities, and behave ethically. The protagonist in this book – faced with an existential threat – utilizes reason, intuition, perseverance, and courage to triumph over a relentless adversary.