“A mesmerizing and most impressive book… A voice that will make readers sit up and listen.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Excellent…ambitious….fresh and original.”
“Dennis Lehane fans will welcome Tafoya's second crime novel, which delivers on the promise of his debut, Dope Thief. The Wolves of Fairmount Park will resonate with classic noir readers, who will hope Tafoya is their guide through the mean streets for years to come.”
—Publisher’s Weekly, starred
“Tafoya's characters, whether cops, killers, or victims, are multidimensional, and his portrait of the city's drug trade is bleakly realistic. Tafoya's Dope Thief (2009) was a fine debut. This much more ambitious follow-up cements his position as an up-and-coming hard-boiled writer.”
In The Wolves of Fairmount Park, Dennis Tafoya’s lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this one of the boy who was killed; Danny Martinez, a cop whose job it is to investigate the killing; and Orlando Donovan, the junkie uncle of the cop’s kid, who happens to live nearby.
No one knows what the two boys were doing in front of a dope house on Roxborough Avenue in the middle of the night, what business they might have had with gangs like Green Lane or the Tres Nortes. Even though they had a thousand dollars with them, they were good boys. Everyone says, “They were good boys.”
Through the fast-paced interweaving of these four distinct voices, Dennis Tafoya, author of the acclaimed Dope Thief, tells the moving story of two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the lengths that the people around them will go to find the truth.
Dennis Tafoya is from Philadelphia and is the author of two novels, Dope Thief and The Wolves of Fairmount Park, as well as numerous short stories appearing in collections such as Philadelphia Noir, from Akashic Books. His third novel, The Poor Boy's Game, was published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur in April, 2014.