In the early 1960s, Hallowell, Maine was a sleepy small city on the Kennebec River. Dip Barrett ran a beer store where he socialized with local criminals and took bets for horse racing tracks around the state. His business and the community are turned upside down when the body of a young man is found in the Kennebec River, a poker game leads to a major robbery, a young wife is seduced into a private sex club, a 16 year old boy finds love with a much older woman, a young man's suicide is a mystery to everyone, and the town drunk becomes a criminal mastermind. The Boys from Joppa is historical pulp fiction at its best, a throwback to the trashy novels of the 1940s to 1960s where women craved love, men were tough, and violence was a business opportunity. The book is insightful, funny, thrilling and sexy without pretense. It can only be classified as a must listen for fans of pulp fiction, romantic fiction, action fiction, realistic plots and a first-rate adult audiobook.