City of Margins

City of Margins is out now from Pegasus Crime. More info here. You can order a signed copy from Square Books.

“Boyle studies Donnie and his neighbors with a mixture of affection and despair worthy of a Bruce Springsteen song.” City of Margins reviewed by Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times

In conversation with Steve Weddle at Los Angeles Review of Books

Profiled by Daneet Steffens for CrimeReads

I wrote about the ’90s and the formative obsessions that led to City of Margins

Starred Publishers Weekly reviewCity of Margins is a PW Book Pick

Starred Library Journal review

“A marvelously nuanced study of light and dark. […] The arts bridge generations, start conversations and, in Boyle’s masterful hands, provide softening, wide-angle lenses to the broken and tortured souls of the margins.” Lauren O’Brien’s Shelf Awareness review of City of Margins.

Pick of the Month at Austin’s MysteryPeople, reviewed by Scott Montgomery

Book launch event at Square Books with Michael Farris Smith

The great Megan Abbott had this to say: “City of Margins is [William Boyle’s] best yet. With it, he proves himself the foremost chronicler of the crime melodrama. Emotional heft, intensity, humor. An Arthur Miller tale as directed by James Gray.”

CrimeReads lists it as one of the twelve novels you should read this March: “A dark world vision pervades, but there’s always a deeply felt humanity to Boyle’s stories. He remains one of the very brightest spots in contemporary noir.”

Thomas Pluck reviewed it at Criminal Element

Review at Kemper’s Book Blog

I made a playlist for the book for Largehearted Boy

I made a list on Letterboxd of films that influenced the book

I wrote about making mistakes matter for Killer Nashville

Mystery Tribune names City of Margins one of their best books of March 2020

I made a dream cast for a film version

City of Margins will be released in the UK by No Exit Press in October 2020. Here’s the cover: