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Review: 'The Wolves of Fairmount Park' by Dennis Tafoya

The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Dennis Tafoya. Minotaur. $25.99. 336 pp.

The shooting of two middle-class teenagers in front of a drug house in Philadelphia touches off a community maelstrom that envelops an ever-increasing circle of those affected by the crime.

In his excellent second novel, Dennis Tafoya takes a sophisticated approach akin to HBO's brilliant "The Wire" to show that no crime is committed in a vacuum. Myriad connections are formed by the shooting. Each person is affected – from the teens' families and friends, the cops, the criminals and the hard-working people in the area.

Tafoya tackles this ambitious story with a tightly focused plot...