Heart of the Old Country

Author(s): Tim McLoughlin
Original Publish Date: Jun 01, 2009
Product Number: EB00009207
Released: Jun 28, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781617750496
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A young man stumbles into danger in his Brooklyn neighborhood in this "inspired" crime novel that is "part coming-of-age story, part thriller" (Entertainment Weekly). In working-class Bay Ridge, Michael drives for a car service and gives lifts to his father, a former sanitation worker and current small-time bookie. He has a friend with a heroin habit, and a longtime girlfriend who expects they'll get married one of these days. Michael spends most of his time on the familiar streets where he grew up, but now he's crossing the bridge into Manhattan for some college classes—where he meets a seductive female classmate who seems to come from a whole different world. He is pulled in two directions, but it seems like he has time to figure it all out—until he finds himself in the periphery of a murder that will change his destiny forever . . . "Sweet, sardonic and by turns hilarious and tragic . . . Powerfully describes the bonds between Michael and his father . . . The novel's greatest achievement is its tender depiction of Michael as a would-be tough guy, trying to follow his father's dictum of 'Give them nothing,' while undergoing a painful education in the real world." —Publishers Weekly "Reads like an inspired cross between Richard Price's Bloodbrothers and Ross Macdonald's The Chill." —Entertainment Weekly