Love and Death in Old Brooklyn

A riveting tale of revenge, survival, and redemption, wrapped around an unlikely love story, and set against an urban backdrop marked by bigotry and misogyny.

Following a racially motivated rape by three Ku Klux Klansmen, 12-year-old Cassandra Monroe vows revenge. After eight years of training, now a strikingly beautiful assassin, she accomplishes her mission.

Her campaign continues with solitary walks through dark city streets, hoping to be assaulted by men with bad intentions. Those entrapped by her spider’s web pay dearly for their efforts.

Surrounded by three armed men one night, she’s rescued by Mike Borelli, an Italian-American passerby. A stormy, up-and-down relationship ensues. Ultimately, as her rage matures into purposeful action, and as he begins to see the world through her eyes, they become a team.

Along the way, they encounter serial killers, wife-beaters, actual and would-be rapists, gangsters, crooked cops, a kidnapper and a pedophile priest, as well as numerous women in desperate need of their help. Beneath all the action, though, is the blossoming of a most unlikely love story.


I went through a few emotions as I read this story-anger, sadness, disbelief and finally contentment. The author delivered a well-written story full of descriptive imagery and historical references accurate for the time frame it is written. It did not hurt that it was structurally sound and grammatically flawless. I would recommend this story to others in a heartbeat.

-- KayBee's Bookshelf

This author and his compelling characters took me to places in my mind I never thought I would go. His story made me "think", but without effort, as he took me so easily through the plot. Entanglements and twists were weaved in with expertise. I did not want it to end, although all good books must. I measure a book by whether it becomes a "companion" to me -- something I keep reading much beyond my normal bedtime. That being my yardstick, this book more than measures up.

-- LynnieB

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About Charles S. Isaacs

Charles S. Isaacs has been a schoolteacher, a college professor, a community organizer, a Congressional consultant, a social activist, a gambler and an occasional journalist. He has written opinion columns and feature stories for numerous newspapers and magazines. During recent decades, he has been a consultant to dozens of non-profit organizations operating in the social justice arena.

He is the author of the award-winning  Inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Teacher’s Education, 1968-69 .

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