#HuntForReadOctober #Review ~ Gravesend by William Boyle @wmboyle4 @noexitpress

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Ray Boy Calabrese is back in Gravesend: some people worship him, some want him dead . . . but none more so than the ex-con himself. Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison 16 years after his 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 still howling for Ray Boy’s blood. When the chips are down and the gun is drawn, Conway finds that he doesn’t have murder in him. Thus begins a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching into which he is joined by Alessandra, a failed actress caring for her widowed father, and Eugene, Ray Boy’s hellbound nephew.

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About the Author

William Boyle is from Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of the novel GRAVESEND, which was recently translated into French and published as #1,000 in the Rivages/Noir collection. GRAVESEND has been shortlisted, with four other novels, for the Prix Polar SNCF 2017, one of the major literary awards in crime fiction, delivered by the French railways national company. It was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, as well. Boyle is also the author of a book of short stories, DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY. His second novel, EVERYTHING IS BROKEN, will be released in France by Gallmeister in late 2017. He currently lives in Oxford, MS.

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My Review

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. 


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