Boyle grew up in the neighborhood he always writes about, and he knows all too well how small the world is. Some of his characters in “Shoot the Moonlight Out” meet at St. Mary, college graduate and aspiring novelist Lily Murphy runs a group of writers. Others are connected in one way or another with Max Berry, a neighborhood Ponzi scheme “investment advisor” who is addicted to milk from half a pint and has a thing for Catholic schoolgirls. goose. Charlie French, a sadistic mob, has hidden a bag full of cash in Max’s safe. The bag is a tried-and-true MacGuffin if ever, and Boyle is just the writer to make the most of it. Who will get the cash, how much blood will be spilled in the meantime, and will the good people essentially get injured or killed?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/william-boyle-captures-a-slice-of-brooklyn-in-shoot-the-moonlight-out/2021/12/02/fe1aa792-2c56-11ec-985d-3150f7e106b2_story.html Shoot the Moonlight Out, book review by William Boyle