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Review 'Brutally realistic . . . The authors give us one last, lingering look at the good-bad old days.'?Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review'There is a classic noir sensibility at work in Serpents in the Cold, complete with its uncannily rendered sense of time and place, but the novel is also suffused with a thoroughly modern understanding of loss, pain, damage and the price of loyalty. It's not often you get to pair gritty with lyrical, but you certainly do here.'?Alan Glynn, author of Limitless'[O'Malley and Purdy] excel at the language of their characters. . . . Nothing is innocent, and nobody is what he or she seems.'?Clea Simon, Boston Globe'In the best noir tradition, these co-authors shine a smoky light on lives often lived in the shadows; in this case, the inhabitants who lived in Scollay Square and the West End of Boston, before it all disappeared under the developers' wrecking ball.'?WBUR'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'Serpents in the Cold is a great addition to the canon of gritty Boston street fiction, a no-punches-pulled look at a bygone era. Noir is how we like our crime, and 'no-'R'' is how we pronounce it.'?Chuck Hogan, author of The Town Read more About the Author Thomas O'Malley is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches on the faculty of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He lives in the Boston area. Douglas Graham Purdy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and currently works in Film & Media Studies at MIT. This is his first novel. Read more