The year is 1958. The time of the Cold War and Civil Rights. A Black teenager is found beaten in a Jewish alley. Detective James McCallum, with only a handful of clues, calls on his once estranged friend, Rabbi Drew Aldala, for help. Their investigation leads them to jazz trumpeter Tucker Wilson - and to secrets of his past that threaten the present.
Assault in Forgotten Alley explores the struggle for friendship, and the differences that fascinate us, and often turn us against each other.
“Assault in Forgotten Alley kept me going. It’s more than a detective novel. I especially enjoyed the complex relationship between McCallum and Aldala is very well done. The Jewish traditions are interesting and done with just the right touch. The moral aspects of the book are surprisingly rich, especially at the end."
Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You For Arguing and Word Hero.