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The past haunts the present and future in this dramatic, compelling and memorable crime novel. It’s the early 1990’s in South Brooklyn and a number of characters, from crooked cops to heartbroken widows, stand staring into the valley between life and death. The prologue focuses on three men, within a few words I knew them, their structure and substance. Each chapter highlights a different character, with individual stories spiralling together, the twists and turns a consequence of actions taken. This is a ballsy read, a dark path to take, and yet there is a purity to the writing. The lightest of touches direct moments that slide together in an inevitable collision course. I love the way William Boyle writes, and can also highly recommend another of his novels, Gravesend. He has the wonderful ability to allow you to see people from the inside out, their essence paints a vivid image even in the darkest of moments. There are times when it feels as though you are watching a film, descriptions build the most comprehensive of pictures. City of Margins is a first-rate read and a LoveReading Star Book, highly recommended.
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge. When Ray Boy is released from prison, Conway hunts him down in order to kill him, but pulling the trigger isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. There is a sharp edge to the writing, yet the chapters flow from one story to another, initially separate, then linking, writhing and twisting together. William Boyle has created intensely tangible characters, their voices, thoughts and feelings almost become physical, touchable, and are so very, very believable. I highly recommend Gravesend, it is fresh, original, and somehow feels both modern and ancient, as though this story has been lived again and again, and yet is being told for the first time. ~ Liz Robinson
After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbour Enzio on the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she retreats to the home of her estranged daughter, Adrienne, and her granddaughter, Lucia, only to be turned away at the door. Their neighbour, Lacey 'Wolfie' Wolfstein, a one-time Golden Age porn star, takes Rena in and befriends her. When Lucia discovers that Adrienne is planning to hit the road with her ex-boyfriend, she figures Rena is her only way out of a life on the run with a mother she can't stand.
Amy was once a party girl, but now she lives a lonely life. Helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighbourhood of Brooklyn, she knows the community well. When a local woman goes missing, Amy senses something isn't right. Tailing the woman's suspicious son, she winds her way through Brooklyn's streets. But before she can act, he is dead. Captivated by the crime she's witnessed and the murderer himself, Amy doesn't call the cops. Instead, she collects the weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer.
Ray Boy Calabrese wird aus dem Gefangnis entlassen. Wahrend seiner Schulzeit hat er einen Jungen wegen seines Schwulseins gequalt, ihn zusammen mit Freunden geschlagen, getreten, sodass Duncan nur die Flucht blieb und er uberfahren wurde. Vor Gericht nannten sie es Hate Crime, ein sexistisch motiviertes Verbrechen. Nun kommt Ray Boy Calabrese aus der Haft frei und will nur noch sterben. Duncans Bruder Conway hat Rache geschworen, lernt schieen und trifft nicht. Er ist neunundzwanzig, arbeitet in einem Rite Aid und wohnt bei seinem Vater Pope. Mit Ray Boys Heimkehr in sein altes Viertel reien die nur leicht ubertunchten Risse in der Familie auf, in der er aufgewachsen ist. Wahrend sein Neffe Eugene in ihm ein Idol sieht und bitter enttauscht ist, dass sein Held zu einem gebrochenen Mann geworden ist. William Boyles "e;Gravesend"e; geht der Frage nach, inwieweit wir zur Vergebung fahig sind. Anderen und uns selbst gegenuber. Denn uns selbst gegenuber sind wir unerbittlich, wenn es umm Traume und Hoffnungen geht.
A Kish of Brogues - Scholar's Choice Edition by William Boyle