Port City Crossfire by Gerry Boyle is Awesome

Gerry Boyle is an awesome award-winning novelist who has written more than a dozen books, some of which were translated into six languages. I always look eagerly for Gerry’s new novel.

I really think Port City Crossfire is one oh his best. It grabbed me in the first chapter, when Police Officer Brandon Blake kills a teenage boy. Of course, Blake doesn’t know he’s teenager, because the boy is wearing a mask, and he also doesn’t know the boy’s gun is a toy.

After asking the boy repeatedly to drop his gun, when the boy points his gun at Blake and says he’s going to kill him, Blake shoots and kills the boy. And when Blake takes off the mask, and sees that he’s killed a boy, he is devastated.

This tragedy troubles Blake through the rest of the book, as the media and lots of people attack Blake for killing the boy.

A short time later, Blake finds a diary written by a teenage girl. That girl is now in her 40s, and partnered with a very abusive man, who gets into a fist fight with Blake when he tries to deliver the diary to the woman.

After that, things go from bad to worse, but I don’t want to give away the entire story. Well, I will tell you that people start attacking and shooting at Blake.

And here’s my warning: make sure, when you start reading this book, you have time to read it all quickly. Because you won’t be able to put it down. Enjoy!




George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.