SERPENTS IN THE COLD (Mulholland Books, Little Brown) Thomas O’Malley & Douglas Graham Purdy
“A noir novel can be the high, slippery tightrope of mysteries. It’s difficult to sustain a dark, moody balance; many writers slide right off into caricature. But O’Malley and Purdy let in just enough daylight – even if it’s harsh winter light – to hold out hope of redemption.” — WBUR’s Carol Iaciofano
“Brutally realistic . . . The authors give us one last, lingering look at the good-bad old days.”–Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
“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 Review (full review here)
“Like Sara Gran’s Dope, Serpents in the Cold lovingly revisits the hardboiled noir. From the dives of Dorchester to the Locke-Ober Café, John Garfield and Richard Widmark would feel right at home in O’Malley and Purdy’s bygone, fallen Boston.”—Stewart O’Nan, author of West of Sunset
“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
“Melancholy as a lonesome train whistle, beautifully written, as well as thrilling, Serpents In The Cold is a tight little gem of characterization and suspense. You need this.”—Joe Lansdale, author of The Thicket
“Serpents in the Cold is a startling work of art, a beautifully rendered, atmospheric tale of crime and punishment set in mid-twentieth century Boston. The crimes perpetrated are as much of the heart and soul as of the system and the worst punishments, as always, self-inflicted.”—Reed Farrel Coleman, award-winning of Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot
“The murder of an innocent young woman turns into murder of an entirely different sort in this hair-raising tale of two wounded men squeezed by changing times. Purdy and O’Malley resurrect the neighborhoods of 1950s Boston in faithful, brutal detail — and in language so lush and gorgeous that you’ll fall in love with reading it all over again.”—Elisabeth Elo, author of North of Boston
UK Press Release: O’Malley and Purdy to Mulholland
01 May 2013
Ruth Tross at Mulholland Books/Hodder & Stoughton has acquired SERPENTS IN THE COLD by Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy.
O’Malley is the author of Province of the Saints and This Magnificent Desolation, while his co-author Purdy works in film studies and is a horror writer. Their collaboration takes them to Boston in 1951, the coldest winter on record, where a serial killer is stalking the streets.
Tross commented: “Serpents in the Cold tells the story of two damaged men struggling to find redemption by solving a crime; it is also the story of a city attempting to reinvent itself and the creation of a new America. It’s both gripping and heart-breaking, and perfect for fans of Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy.”