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The Lonely Witness

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
From the author of Gravesend, shortlisted for the 2018 CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger

Amy was once a party girl, but now she lives a lonely life. Helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighbourhood of Brooklyn, she knows the community well.

When a local woman goes missing, Amy senses something isn't right.

Tailing the woman's suspicious son, she winds her way through Brooklyn's streets. But before she can act, he is dead.

Captivated by the crime she's witnessed and the murderer himself, Amy doesn't call the cops. Instead, she collects the weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer.

Powerful and evocative, The Lonely Witness brings Brooklyn to life and exposes the harsh realities of crime and punishment on the city streets.

'The Lonely Witness is a map of Brooklyn's genome. Amy Falconetti is that rarest of noir characters, a woman redeemed and a redeemer. Walking in her shoes for only a few blocks is worth the price of admission' - Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break

'In true noir fashion, William Boyle gives us an intimate portrait of a neighborhood in vivid, evocative prose, and explores how place and the past make us who we are.The Lonely Witness moves with unstoppable momentum, powered by Amy Falconetti's impulsive human heart. I would gladly follow her anywhere' - Melissa Ginsburg, author of Sunset City

'The Lonely Witness is a tense, and, at times, darkly funny, thriller' - Woody Haut, CrimeTime

'A gritty and realistic thriller. Subtle and tense with a hint of black humour. Fans of American noir will love this novel' - Nudge Books

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"With echoes of Lehane and Pelecanos but with a rhythm and poignancy all its own." - Megan Abbott

"The Lonely Witness is a map of Brooklyn’s genome. Amy Falconetti is that rarest of noir characters, a woman redeemed and a redeemer. Walking in her shoes for only a few blocks is worth the price of admission." - Reed Farrel Coleman

"In true noir fashion, William Boyle gives us an intimate portrait of a neighborhood in vivid, evocative prose, and explores how place and the past make us who we are. The Lonely Witness moves with unstoppable momentum, powered by Amy Falconetti's impulsive human heart. I would gladly follow her anywhere." - Melissa Ginsburg

"In The Lonely Witness, William Boyle has created a classic noir and a classic of Brooklyn. I loved this character, this world, and this book. Boyle has written a slim, unputdownable book that gets into every dark corner in the outskirts of Brooklyn, a world no one knows better. Gravesend and the rest of outer, unknown, still-mysterious Brooklyn shine in this compulsively readable thriller." - Sara Gran

"As Amy’s old life catches up with her, the small, safe world she’s built for herself quickly unravels. Binge-worthy and gorgeously written, with prose so vivid it’s as if Boyle is taking you down streets you’ve known your entire life, The Lonely Witness will make you wonder if you can ever escape your past self, or if you’d even want to." - Mary Miller


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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Lonely Witness: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-68177-795-9 / 978-1-68177-795-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lonely Witness
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 1-64313-260-1 / 978-1-64313-260-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lonely Witness, The
Author(s): William Boyle
ISBN: 0-85730-242-6 / 978-0-85730-242-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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Audio Editions

September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Lonely Witness: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: The Talking Book
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lonely Witness
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: No Exit Press
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May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lonely Witness
Author(s): William Boyle
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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