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City of Margins

(2020)
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A vivid new cast of characters collide in gritty 1990s Brooklyn, in this latest from acclaimed neo-noir author William Boyle.

In City of Margins, the lives of several lost souls intersect in Southern Brooklyn in the early 1990s. There’s Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop with blood on his hands; Ava Bifulco, a widow whose daily work grind is her whole life; Nick, Ava’s son, a grubby high school teacher who dreams of a shortcut to success; Mikey Baldini, a college dropout who’s returned to the old neighborhood, purposeless and drifting; Donna Rotante, Donnie’s ex-wife, still reeling from the suicide of their teenage son; Mikey’s mother, Rosemarie, also a widow, who hopes Mikey won’t fall into the trap of strong arm work; and Antonina Divino, a high school girl with designs on breaking free from Brooklyn. Uniting them are the dead: Mikey’s old man, killed over a gambling debt, and Donnie and Donna’s poor son, Gabe.

These characters cross paths in unexpected ways, guided by coincidence and the pull of blood. There are new things to be found in the rubble of their lives, too. The promise of something different beyond the barriers that have been set out for them. This is a story of revenge and retribution, of facing down the ghosts of the past, of untold desires, of yearning and forgiveness and synchronicity, of the great distance of lives lived in dangerous proximity to each other. City of Margins is a Technicolor noir melodrama pieced together in broken glass.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"As wildly funny and sweet as it is frenetic and harrowing, William Boyle’s A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is full of dark splendor. Imagine Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell collaborating with Gena Rowlands and Ellen Burstyn and making magic." - Megan Abbott

"Crime fiction usually stays within the confines of the genre, but Boyle breaks away from those restrictions." - Gabino Iglesias

"A brilliant and nasty piece of joyful ambiguity that I Ioved deeply. What a marvelous and unexpected bunch of female characters, in particular. With this one, William Boyle vaults into the big time, or he damn sure should." - Joe R Lansdale

"A Jacobean revenge tangle in a Brooklyn where all the players have survived the same nuns. Even the most desperately lost of William Boyle's characters retain a hungry heart." - John Sayles


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March 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: City of Margins: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-64313-318-7 / 978-1-64313-318-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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March 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: City of Margins: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-64313-692-5 / 978-1-64313-692-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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September 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: City of Margins
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 0-85730-405-4 / 978-0-85730-405-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
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January 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: City of Margins
Author(s): William Boyle
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Title: City of Margins
Author(s): William Boyle
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September 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: City of Margins
Author(s): William Boyle
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March 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: City of Margins: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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