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Published on Jul 14, 2009

Jim Monaghan really didn't want to go back to Worcester. First, his newly divorced father needed open-heart surgery. And then Jim lost his job on Wall Street.

Making daily trips from the hospital to his father's empty apartment, Jim seeks solace in the only place he can—his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau.

Their friendship hasn't changed over the years. But Joe has problems. In a fit of drunken rage, he's begun a feud with a street gang. And his plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse.

Tending to his father and embarking on an ICU romance in the day, Jim tries to help Joe, following him into the dark side of Worcester, with nights defined by drugs, guns and fistfights.

Finally, Jim must make a painful choice to save his friend, and then live with the agonizing consequences.


Jim, straddling childhood and adulthood, straddling his fading industrial home town and the information-economy world of his aspirations, straddling his love for a friend and his hopes for himself, struggles to comprehend what has happened. The result is an evocative portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts—both its place in the 21st century, as well as its past.


"Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks...He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him...Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day."
-Worcester Pulse Magazine

Another Broken Wizard is about the difficult love for a home town, friendship, loyalty and memories among people and places left behind. Its also about how self-destructiveness can both bind and separate people.

Norman Mailer read an earlier novel by Colin Dodds and said it showed something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.

If you are a publisher or a literary agent interested in publishing or representing Another Broken Wizard to publishers, please contact the author at colind@gmail.com.

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