Amy was once a party girl, but she now lives a lonely life, helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn. She stops in at one of the apartments on her route, where Mrs. Epifanio, the elderly woman who lives there, says she hasn’t seen her usual caretaker, Diane, in a few days. Supposedly, Diane has the flu—or so Diane’s son Vincent said when he first dropped by and vanished into Mrs. E’s bedroom to do no-one-knows-what.
Amy’s brief interaction with Vincent in the apartment that day sets off warning bells, so she assures Mrs. E that she’ll find out what’s really going on with both him and his mother. She tails Vincent through Brooklyn, eventually following him and a mysterious man out of a local dive bar. At first, the men are only talking as they walk, but then, almost before Amy can register what has happened, Vincent is dead.
For reasons she can’t quite understand, Amy finds herself captivated by both the crime she witnessed and the murderer himself. She doesn’t call the cops to report what she’s seen. Instead, she collects the murder weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer.
Character-driven and evocative, The Lonely Witness brings Brooklyn to life in a way only a native can, and opens readers’ eyes to the harsh realities of crime and punishment on the city streets.
“A powerful, character-driven suspense novel that can keep you on the edge of your seat.” – Popular Culture Association“In true noir fashion, William Boyle gives us an intimate portrait of a neighborhood in vivid, evocative prose, and explores how place and the past make us who we are. The Lonely Witness moves with unstoppable momentum, powered by Amy Falconetti’s impulsive human heart. I would gladly follow her anywhere.” – Melissa Ginsburg, author of ‘Sunset City’
“William Boyle has worked his way into becoming one of crime fiction’s talents. In both his short story collection and debut novel, he chronicles the battered souls of working class East Coast in a way that hits the heart without being maudlin. His second novel, The Lonely Witness, proves he is taking his skills further. What makes William Boyle’s work ring with such a strong and true voice is that he realizes for many daily life is a struggle. His writing prays for them.” – Mystery People (Pick of the Month)
“Boyle is a bard of Brooklyn.” – Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence
Troubled woman in rut looking for way out of her neighbourhood but gets caught in whirlpool, a witness, a … , money tempting her, she cleaned up, people needed her, a parishioner, but some new things come to her realm, paternal figure tries to interlope her struggles. She’s not so used to have someone to call dad, as he has not been around making wrongs right, atonements.
A noir thriller that has this likeable main female character up against it trying to serve out a pipe dream and find her place in love, in credit, and free from the bonds that tie her to the past.
Nice writing in a gripping tale that keeps the reader on till the end with vested interests in one woman’s fate.