By Pete Hamill
North River is the story of Dr. James Delaney, a middle-aged Depression-era sawbones who pays house calls to gangsters and grandees alike without favor. Scarred by the war, the disappearance of his wife and the absence of his headstrong daughter, Delaney lives only for his patients. At least until his daughter abandons her 3-year-old son inside Delaney's door one day when he is out. The boy, named Carlos—called Carlito—spurs emotions long since forgotten. Slowly, the doctor puts his luckless past behind him and begins to live again.
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