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Book Review | City of Margins | William Boyle

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about City of Margins by William Boyle on the Random Things Tours today.


City of Margins is an amazing character-based crime novel in which I devoured over a few days.

Set in Southern Brooklyn during the early 1990’s with different characters sharing their connection to this neighbourhood. Donnie Parascandolo, a disgraced ex-cop, his ex-wife Donna, Ava Bifulco a widow and her son Nick a high school teacher, Mickey Baldini a college drop out and his mother Rosemarie also a widow and Antonio Divino a high school girl looking to escape Brooklyn.

These characters have been written extremely well and although some male questionable choices and at times using violence, I felt for every one. They are all connected by Mikey’s dad who was killed over a gambling debt and Donnie and Donna’s son who tragically killed himself at 15. They are linked by their past, crime, revenge and gangster Big Time Tommy.

I loved the descriptions of their neighbourhood and was gripped by the characters choices towards the end of the book.

A fascinating and wonderfully descriptive book.

I loved it.

Jera's Jamboree

William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. His books include: Gravesend, which was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France and shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in the UK; The Lonely Witness, which was nominated for the Hammett Prize and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself; and, most recently, City of Margins. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi. Twitter @wmboyle4


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