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Gravesend

(2013)
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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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A bruiser and a heartbreaker of a debut. 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

"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

"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

"A dark ride but a seriously great ride." - Willy Vlautin


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Used availability for William Boyle's Gravesend

Hardback Editions

September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gravesend: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-68177-849-1 / 978-1-68177-849-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gravesend
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 0-85730-128-4 / 978-0-85730-128-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gravesend
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-940885-03-5 / 978-1-940885-03-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broken River Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Gravesend: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gravesend
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU