“Outstanding in every way...” --Lee Child
“The expansive novels that Jim Fusilli’s readers have been waiting for – a broad canvas full of vivid characters, hard choices and steeped in the post-war experience. Fusilli’s take of the men who run the mob and those who can’t escape its pull –including a familiar and iconic crooner – is, at its heart, a uniquely American tale of ambition and failure, of people who underplay their hands and those who overstep their bounds…. A dazzling novel by a great writer at the height of his powers.” --David Liss
“A big, broad-shouldered novel, equal parts Ellroy, Puzo and Scorsese..." --George Pelecanos
“As tender as it is tough…. A big-hearted story in which love and violence conspire to control the lives of people who very quickly become real….Jim Fusilli writes with urgency and grace, and his is a compelling, gritty, and brilliant voice. I loved it!” --Lisa Scottoline
About the Author
Jim Fusilli serves as the rock and pop music critic of the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of six books: Closing Time; A Well-Known Secret; Tribeca Blues; Hard, Hard City,
Mystery Ink magazine’s 2004 Novel of the Year; Pet Sounds
; and Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin
. He served as the editor of, and contributed chapters to, the award-winning serial thrillers The Chopin Manuscript
and The Copper Bracelet.
He developed Narrows Gate
as a setting in numerous published short stories. “Chellini’s Solution,”
which appeared in the 2007 edition of the Best American Mystery Stories, features Narrows Gate in the years following World War II. “Digby, Attorney at Law”
portrays the fictional city in the early 1960s. “Digby”
was nominated for the Edgar and Macavity awards in 2010. Fusilli lives in New York City with his wife, the former Diane Holuk, a senior public relations executive. Their daughter Cara is a graduate of the New School.