O'Leary was finally returning to his hometown in Saratoga Springs a
little earlier than expected. Belly was convicted of an
illegal gambling charge. His prison sentence was shortened to
four years instead of six due to good behavior. You almost
have to laugh! Good behavior is something that Belly rarely
showed as one of his traits.
When Belly arrived at his
hometown, he was in for quite a surprise. Things were very
different from the time he left. As he looked toward the area
that once consisted of green fields, there were now glass office
buildings in its place. Where there once were great stretches of
hillside along the highway, the only thing Belly saw now was traffic and stip
malls. The bar that Belly once owned in the town was also
gone. A Wal-Mart and Starbucks now stand in its place.
Belly kept quiet in prison during the four years he remained
there. He was waiting for word from his old mistress,
Loretta. His colleagues at the New York Racing Association
advised him not to talk. They give him a gentle reminder that
two of his three remaining daughters still lived in the town.
It seems that Loretta walked off with his $172,000 in her bag.
What happens to Belly now that he is back? Does he
straighten up and go forward or does he fall back into his old
Lisa Selin Davis has written a very touching story of
someone who really ends up down and out and is forced to re-think
everything about his life. The story has several unforgettable
characters and also includes a touch of humor throughout the
book. This is an excellent read and one you should add to your
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