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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Roots Publishing (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985394706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985394707
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McLennan ably handles her characters and their crises, though her skill as a writer is most evident in the novel's third part, when the plot keenly unfurls. With moral ambiguity and questionable intentions, the cast lends a disconcerting air to McLennan's solid debut. A dark, violent story with a heart." -Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Alison (Johnson) McLennan is a native of  Quincy, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of University Studies Degree in Expressive Therapy with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Utah.   She completed her MFA at The Solstice Program of Pine Manor College where she was awarded a fellowship for Fiction. Falling for Johnny is her first novel. It won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Utah Original Writing Competition. She currently resides in Utah where she is working on another novel.

More About the Author

Alison McLennan is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts where she was born and raised until she moved west in search of outdoor adventure. One of the main characters in her debut novel, Falling for Johnny, was inspired by the infamous James "Whitey" Bulger. She has appeared on radio, t.v. and print as an expert commentator on the Bulger trial. Falling for Johnny won an honorable mention in the 2012 Utah Original Writing Competition and the first Inkubate Literary Blockbuster Competition. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Utah and an MFA from The Solstice Program of Pine Manor College where she was awarded the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction. She was once stranded in the Yukon territory with only one shoe. Currently, she is researching and writing her second novel, which takes place in Ogden, Utah after the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

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The twists and turns of the story were fascinating.
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The description of the relationships between the characters we're complex and interesting.
Andrea Schindler
Falling for Johnny is a great story illustrating just how small the world can be.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By STC on August 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down! The story draws you in the moment you start reading. The author really knows how to develop characters and bring them to life. Her writing is superb - her descriptions of people and places in the book are eloquent, imaginative and raw. The twists and turns of the story were fascinating. She is a gifted and talented writer. I cannot wait to read her next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Ballard on November 9, 2012
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The book is a short, light read that is both captivating and timely, since Mr. Bulger is still alive, but recently hospitalized for chest pains. Having lived in the Boston area herself, the author presents an accurate description of the environment in which both she and the protagonist grew up. The fictional account of the formative years of the two main characters is both vivid and believable, and depicts how two people exposed to similar early life circumstances can choose diverging pathways with markedly dissimilar outcomes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By game cridic on October 28, 2012
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What would you do if you discovered the person you trusted most in the world was responsible for your mother's death? Falling for Johnny is first and foremost the story of a young woman, Riley, whose life unwittingly becomes tangled up with Johnny "The Camel" McPherson, the number one crime lord in Boston.

McLennan paints a vivid picture of both the city and the characters that lurk in its darkest recesses. She has the unusual talent of creating prose that's both beautifully written and popular in appeal - think suspense, crime, and a story line that compelled me to finish the book in two days. I made my strongest alliance with Riley, the young woman unwittingly trapped in the crossfire of mobsters, who became the fulcrum on which the story balances.

I give the novel five stars based on the high quality of the writing and its enjoyment factor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PSS on October 19, 2012
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Loved It! This book has the perfect mix of crime and drama with a hint of perversion for the ladies. I highly recommend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annette Garman on September 8, 2012
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I'm not a reader at all. It's just not something that I enjoy. Purely out of curiosity I picked this book up off of a friend's coffee table. I was unable to put it down until I finished reading it. I was sorry to see it end. I will definitely check into the website listed above by the person who left the previous comment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine Renz on August 28, 2012
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Captivating story with people and places that can be slightly familiar. It was a real page turner. I kept thinking I would know what was next, then there would be a surprise twist that would make me go aha! . I love McLennan's style. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I found a few more of her writings on her website Alisonstories.com. Love it!
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GREAT READ!!! I loved this book. The author sets the scene, gets to the point and vividly describes what is happening. It is fast moving, and is actually a sometimes tough, but overall lovely story. It portrays real life in the rough parts of Boston experienced by people who have fallen onto tough times, yet the strength within the young woman carries it through to a triumphant. The formatting of the book is great with short chapters that kept me totally locked in. It's one of those books that I missed when I had finished it!
YEA for Ms. McLennan on this super first book. Can't wait for her next one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PLJB on August 31, 2012
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A fast-paced, suspenseful, easy read. The emotions of the characters draw the reader into the story right up to the very last page.
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