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In this masterful work of neo-noir, William Boyle expertly captures the grit and desperation of a neighborhood in flux, and spotlights the neighbors who find themselves caught up in the crimes of the past.

Some worship him and some want him dead, but either way, tensions run high when “Ray Boy” Calabrese is released from prison. It’s been sixteen years since Ray Boy’s actions led to the death of a young man. The victim's brother, Conway D'Innocenzio, is a 29-year-old Brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite Aid, stuck in the past and drawn into a darker side of himself when he hears of Ray Boy’s freedom. But even with the perfect plan in place, Conway can’t bring himself to take the ultimate revenge on Ray Boy, which sends him into a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching.

Meanwhile, Alessandra, a failed actress, returns to her native Gravesend after the death of her cancer-stricken mother, torn between the desperate need to escape back to Los Angeles as quickly as possible and the ease with which she could sink back into neighborhood life. Alessandra and Conway are walking eerily similar paths—staring down the rest of their lives, caring for their aging fathers, lost in the youths they squandered—and each must decide what comes next.

In the tradition of American noir authors like Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy, William Boyle’s Gravesend brings the titular neighborhood to life in this story of revenge, desperation, and escape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940885032
Publisher: Broken River Books
Publication date: 11/13/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. His books include: Gravesend, which was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiere in France and shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in the UK; The Lonely Witness, which is nominated for the Hammett Prize; and, most recently, A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Gravesend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
Gravesend initially appealed to me because of it’s links to Brooklyn. The crime blurb is fascinating so I ventured into the seedy, dark, gritty world. The atmosphere is intense, the characters a motley crew are well described but not naturally pleasant. This book does exactly what you would anticipate, it draws you into an existence that is impossible to claw your way out of intact. Mix in an ex-con, an ex-cop a wannabe actress .. there is revenge, murder planning but also caring for family and a whole sensation of social justice. It’s a weird combination but it works, it’s real! The writing allows the reader to experience the area from a safe distance, the desolation and despair is palpable. This also shows that even if you are intent on committing crime it isn’t necessarily as simple as you think .. the human mind is powerful. A crime novel with a difference I enjoyed this. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago