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Gravesend : a novel

by Boyle, William, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ray Boy Calabrese finishes a 16-year jail sentence for actions that led to the death of a gay classmate. His buddies from high school welcome his release, but Conway D'Innocenzio, the brother of the victim, is determined to kill Ray Boy. Conway is 29, living with his father in the house he grew up in. He's also realizing that he has peaked as a stock boy at Rite Aid. Except for his desire to kill Ray Boy, Conway's life is empty. Alessandra, who moved to L.A. to become an actress, returns to Gravesend after her mother dies. Her Hollywood dreams never materialized. She compares everything in Gravesend to L.A., but she also finds strange comfort in her unchanging hometown. Conway attempts to kill Ray Boy, but he can't do it until Ray Boy volunteers to help him. Gravesend offers a granular and strikingly vivid look at a little-known and unprepossessing section of Brooklyn. It may remind crime-fiction devotees of novels by Dennis Lehane or George Pelecanos, where characters' actions often seem preordained by their surroundings. Powerful reading.--Thomas Gaughan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of Boyle's moving debut, the news of Ray Boy Calabrese's release from prison, where he has served time for the murder of Duncan D'Innocenzio 16 years earlier, ripples through the mostly Italian-American neighborhood of Gravesend, Brooklyn. Duncan's struggling 29-year-old brother, Conway, who's still living at home in Gravesend with his aging father, plots his revenge. When Conway eventually confronts his brother's killer, he discovers that prison has changed Ray Boy, and that the confident neighborhood alpha male who was the focal point of his hatred has been shattered by guilt. Meanwhile, Eugene Calabrese, Ray Boy's teenage nephew who idolizes his uncle, devises a reckless plan to prove himself. Also in trouble is failed actress Alessandra Biagini, who has come home from L.A. after her mother's death and also has an aging father to look after. These characters are swept into a downward spiral of desperation as they grapple with the weight of the past and the pull that the neighborhood has on them. Fans of classic noir will find a lot to like. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Assoc. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ex-convicts -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Noir fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xv, 249 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781681778495
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