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Novelist Shannon Burke earned stunning reviews for his debut book, Safelight, and now he returns with the same minimalist intensity in this arresting follow-up. Black Flies is the story of paramedic Ollie Cross and his first year on the job in mid-'90s New York. It is a ground's eye view of life on the streets: the shoot-outs, the bad cops, unhinged medics, the hopeless patients, the dark humor in bizarre circumstances, and one medic's struggle to balance his desire to help against his own growing callousness. It is the story of lives that hang in the balance, and of a single job with a misdiagnosed newborn that sends Cross and his partner into a life-changing struggle between good and evil.

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Hardback Editions

March 2010 : UK Hardback

Title: Black Flies
Author(s): Shannon Burke
ISBN: 1-4448-0057-4 / 978-1-4448-0057-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Flies
Author(s): Shannon Burke
ISBN: 0-09-953549-1 / 978-0-09-953549-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Flies
Author(s): Shannon Burke
ISBN: 1-84655-283-4 / 978-1-84655-283-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Black Flies: A Novel
Author(s): Shannon Burke
ISBN: 1-59376-191-0 / 978-1-59376-191-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Black Flies
Author(s): Shannon Burke
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Black Flies: A Novel
Author(s): Shannon Burke
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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