A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself

Update: A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself won the Prix Transfuge du meilleur polar étranger in France, an award for best foreign crime novel from the French magazine Transfuge

Out now in France from Gallmeister

Out now in Germany from Polar Verlag

Out now in paperback from Pegasus Crime

Out 3/5/19 in the U.S. from Pegasus Crime

Out 3/21/19 in the U.K. from No Exit Press

Reviewed in LesEchos

Reviewed in Le Figaro

Reviewed in Atlantico

Reviewed in Le Soir

An interview with French blog From Richmond to Tacoma

Reviewed in Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Reviewed in FrankfurterRundschau

Reviewed in Berner Zeitung

Die besten Krimis August 2020

Krimibestenliste August 2020 in F.A.Z. 

Scott Montgomery’s Best Books of 2019 for MysteryPeople

Honorable mention on CrimeReads Best Crime Novels of 2019 list

On MysteryPeople’s best-of-the-year-so-far list

Included in The Guardian’s 100 Best Books for Summer 2019

Audiobook now available from Audible, narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times

Reviewed by Gabino Iglesias for NPR

John Roche on Friend‘s Bronx setting in the Bronx Times

Reviewed by Doug Johnstone in The Big Issue

Reviewed by Laura Wilson in The Guardian 

Reviewed by Declan Burke in The Irish Times

Reviewed by Alastair Mabbott in Herald Scotland 

Reviewed by Basil Ransome-Davies at Shiny New Books

A playlist for A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, Largehearted Boy

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is an Amazon Editors’ Pick for March 2019

March’s Essential Mysteries & Crime Fiction, CrimeReads

Starred Publishers Weekly review

Starred Booklist review

Amazon’s Best Books of March 2019, reviewed by Vanessa Cronin

Recommended in The Daily Mail

MysteryPeople March Picks

Reviewed by Scott Montgomery

“Facing Down Old Ghosts,” interviewed by Gabino Iglesias for Southwest Review

Interviewed by Scott Montgomery for MysteryPeople

Reviewed by Lauren O’Brien, Shelf Awareness

“A Bible of Bad Men,” The Strand Magazine

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself Film Festival, CrimeReads

“Screwball Noir: A Personal History,” Criminal Element

Charles Perry recommends A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself over at MysteryTribune

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is a Southern Independent booksellers Okra Pick

CrimeReads: “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019”

Crime Fiction Lover’s “The Most Wanted Crime Books of 2019”

On the origins of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself at Writing.ie

Kirkus Reviews on A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself: “It’s just the right kind of too much.” 

“As wildly funny and sweet as it is frenetic and harrowing, William Boyle’s A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is full of dark splendor. And the three wondrous and resilient women at its center are so richly etched, so powerfully voiced, you’ll find yourself wanting to pull up to the dinner table with them, grab a glass, and tuck in. Imagine Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell collaborating with Gena Rowlands and Ellen Burstyn and making magic.” Megan Abbott, author of GIVE ME YOUR HAND and YOU WILL KNOW ME

“One thing to appreciate about William Boyle’s process is that, not unlike the late, great Charles Willeford, he takes his time, he doesn’t rush the reader. This is a significant trait, more important than it sounds, the method of a confident writer. He builds his characters patiently, allowing them to adjust to one another, not merely throw lines to titillate the reader. In A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, Wolfie Wolfstein is as comfortably intact a creature as any crime writer of recent vintage has put together. I gleefully anticipate the coming of a movie or better yet a TV series in her name.” Barry Gifford, author of SAILOR & LULA: THE COMPLETE NOVELS and THE CUBAN CLUB

“Although William Boyle’s new novel is clearly a love letter to his Brooklyn roots, (New York being one of the more prominently featured players in the book) the real ‘Gift’ here is his prose. The writing is so casual and honest that as a reader, you have no idea how much you have invested in these characters until it’s too late to turn back. Your heart starts to race and you forget about the time. By the midway point of the book, I was rooting out loud for these characters. The balance Boyle achieved of warmth between friends and the darkness that comes calling for them is nothing short of brilliant. I also love books with strong female leads, and with A Friend, you get three of them, moved along by dialogue that is second only to the master himself, Elmore Leonard. Hellova story. Hellova cast. Hellova writer.” Brian Panowich, author of LIKE LIONS and BULL MOUNTAIN

“Heartfelt, evocative, and bursting with indelible characters, William Boyle’s A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is not only an unpredictable and off-the-wall noir, but a meditation on the true meaning of friendship and family. Boyle has created another potent jolt of can’t-miss New York crime fiction.” Alex Segura, author of the Anthony Award-nominated Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series

“A brilliant and nasty piece of joyful ambiguity that I Ioved deeply. What a marvelous and unexpected bunch of female characters, in particular. With this one, William Boyle vaults into the big time, or he damn sure should.” Joe Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard series

“It’s the women who make this novel such a great read. They are glorious and mad, vulnerable, so human, and very, very funny.” Roddy Doyle, author of THE COMMITMENTS, THE VAN, PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA, and SMILE

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourselfis a thunderous locomotive of a novel, driven by remarkable characters and sparkling dialogue. A treat for fans of neo-noir, it’s brimming with dark wit and piercing insight. Highly recommended.”Stuart Neville, national bestselling author of THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST

“Yowza, did I just maybe read a future crime fiction classic? Possibly. It has all the right elements. Great characters—two ex-porn stars, a 15-year-old girl, and a psycho with a sledgehammer—dialogue that tickles the ear, and a sense of place so vivid I thought I was reading in 3-D. And the plot! I’m not going to say anything other than 500,000 dollars in a briefcase and a frisky octogenarian are involved. My only regret? I read the book way too fast, just couldn’t stop turning the pages. Oh well, there are worse things in life.” Pete Mock, McIntyre’s Fine Books

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