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  • Mulholland Books
  • Mulholland Books
  • Mulholland Books

Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Tension is rising in 1950s Boston... gangs and terrorists compete for the city in this compelling historical noir.

In 1950s Boston, the best way to survive is keep your head down and your mouth shut. But Cal and Dante prefer to do the right thing, not the sensible one.

When a body is discovered tarred, feathered and shot, it is dismissed as a gangland killing. But Cal O'Brien's cousin, detective Owen Lackey, recognises the murder as the typical retribution for IRA informers.

Owen knows that no one in the tight-knit Boston Irish community will talk. He turns to Cal and Dante for help, sending them into the city's shadowy underbelly. But there's a war on its way - and they're walking straight into the middle of it.

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Praise for We Were Kings

  • Brutally realistic...The authors give us one last, lingering look at the good-bad old days - New York Times Book Review

  • This is a bone-crunching, gut-wrenching novel that captures the atmosphere of a city in decay and its inhabitants. It delivers noir fiction like we always want it to be - Kirkus Reviews

  • O'Malley and Purdy bring postwar Boston to life, making neighbourhoods feel as distinct as separate countries...They have delivered a love-letter to a Boston that's long gone. - Publishers Weekly

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