When an elderly church deacon guns down a former baseball prodigy turned drug dealer, everyone in their Brooklyn housing project knows more violence is coming. As cops and gangsters hunt for the shooter, residents of the neighbourhood prepares for what could be a long and bloody game of cat-and-mouse. Part crime novel, part jazzy love song to life in working-class NYC in the 1960s, this is a book full of indelible characters who feel as multidimensional as real people you might meet at a local bar or barbecue. Funny, poignant and ultimately hopeful, the snappy dialogue also makes this novel one of the most quotable books I’ve read this year.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)