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Review: 'The Old Neighborhood' by Bill Hillmann

Review: 'The Old Neighborhood' by Bill Hillmann

Bill Hillmann's "The Old Neighborhood" is about coming up the hard way on the streets of Chicago. It's about growing up in a place where all the choices seem bad. It's about a world where problems are solved with fists and bullets rather than words or compromises. It's a wonder that anyone there can dream of rising above, but that is precisely what Hillmann's hero, Joe Walsh, aspires to do.

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