GRAVESEND is a revenge story done the right way. 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 middle-aged Brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite-Aid, stuck in the past and still howling for Ray Boy's blood. Add to that a failed actress caring for her widowed father and Ray Boy's hellbound nephew, and you have a complicated, character-centric noir story that echoes the best of George Pelecanos.
Boyle has written for the L.A. Review of Books, Salon, The Rumpus, Hobart, Plots with Guns, Thuglit, Out of the Gutter, and Grift, among other places.
This is his debut novel. It's about crushed dreams and stilted lives. It's about the places we come up in and how they keep us there. This bastard turns the genre on its head and steps all over your heart. I think it's one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I'm proud to have it on BRB.