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William Boyle

Praise for GRAVESEND


“[GRAVESEND] may remind crime-fiction devotees of novels by Dennis Lehane or George Pelecanos…Powerful reading.” – Booklist


“Fans of classic noir will find a lot to like.” – Publishers Weekly


“Boyle chews the local dialect like a Nathan’s hot dog, biting into the juices of pure Brooklynese and savoring the mustardy aftertaste.” –The New York Times Book Review


“Adrenaline-charged…in the Elmore Leonard vein: blue-color Brooklyn setting, idiomatic dialogue, no detective figure.  Bristling with energy, GRAVESEND marks Boyle out as a new name to watch.”

 – The Guardian (U.K.)


“GRAVESEND is a taut exploration of the ways we hurt and save (or try to save) one another.  With unforgettable characters, a fist for a plot, and a deeply evocative setting, Boyle navigates alleys and streets with the best of them, Lehane, Price, and Pelecanos.” – Tom Franklin, author of HELL AT THE BREECH, POACHERS, and CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER


“A bruiser and a heartbreaker...With echoes of Lehane and Pelecanos but with a rhythm and poignancy all its own, it’s a gripping tale of family, revenge, the strains of the past and the losses that never leave us.” – Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me and The Fever


“GRAVESEND kicks ass! An irresistible combo of an insider’s tour of Brooklyn and true and authentic 21st Century Noir.  Boyle is one to watch.” – Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Fallen


 “Boyle’s writing is raw, poetic, unflinching, nostalgic, and perverse.  Urgency inhabits his pages, and the characters live on weeks after you put the book down.  GRAVESEND is a novel read in a day, and then read again, slowly.” – Anya Groner, L.A. Review of Books


“It’s not the toughness that sets GRAVESEND apart.  It’s the empathy with which William Boyle talks about his characters, about their uncertainties, their desperation and their self-destruction.” – Der Spiegel

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