Port City Shakedown by Gerry Boyle

Port City Shakedown

The first in the Brandon Blake series introduces Blake, a young guy who lives alone on a boat in Portland harbor. Blake wants to be a cop in the worst way, but he brings serious baggage to the job. In this installment, Brandon is up against local hoods and international criminals as he tries to fathom why his mother was lost at sea.

Print, 2009

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“The first novel in veteran crime writer Gerry Boyle’s series about young Brandon Blake, a loner who lives on an old cabin cruiser in Portland Harbor. Blake learned early to depend on no one, but in an incident on a ride-along with the Portland Police Department, Blake is marked for payback by a violent ex-con. Meanwhile, questions begin to arise about his mother, who disappeared when he was three years old. This is a tale of opportunistic predators on a collision course; it is about the ocean, the fortunes it can deliver—and the lives it can swallow whole.” -Amazon Editorial Review

Publishers Weekly
“Stops just short of hard-boiled, letting some poignancy slip into his characters’ plights.”

“Brandon Blake is a solid series lead. … Keep your eyes on this one.”

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Like many crime novelists, Gerry Boyle began his writing career in newspapers—a place he calls the best training ground ever. After attending Colby College, he knocked around at various jobs, including stints as a roofer, a postman, and a manuscript reader at a big New York publisher. He began his newspaper career in the paper mill town of Rumford, Maine. There was a lot of small-town crime in Rumford and Gerry would later mine his Rumford time for his first novel, Deadline. After a few months he moved on to the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, where editors gave him a thrice-weekly column. He wrote about the stuff he saw in police stations, courtrooms, and in the towns and cities of Maine. All the while he was also typing away on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, writing Deadline which came out in 1993. Since Deadline, he has written eight additional Jack McMorrow stories with a 10th, Once Burned, scheduled for release in 2015. Read more at: http://www.islandportpress.com/gerry-boyle.html