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Matthew Fitzpatrick: Crosshairs
November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Matthew Fitzpatrick: Crosshairs
Thursday, November 15
Join author Matthew Fitzpatrick, Massachusetts native and Cape Cod Resident, at the Library on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 for a discussion and reading of his debut novel Crosshairs.
Inspired by the author’s own experiences and observations as a child and throughout adulthood, Crosshairs tells the story of the the implosion of the traditional Boston underworld that created a vacuum for the players left at the table. Justin McGee is a high-powered attorney who moonlights as the city’s most successful and highly paid assassin. Former Irish crime family member, Darby McBride, is an aging mobster looking for a new life as a sole proprietor in the reinvented underworld. Captain Caleb Frost is a hardscrabble Gloucester fisherman who comes to a crossroads between his own sense of principles and ethics and the lure of the lucrative New England heroin trade.
Crosshairs is the story of three desperate individuals grappling with a world that places money and hidden desires above all else. These players are seeking not only survival, but the ability to thrive. Their unique advantage―unlike the drones of the rest of the world―is that they are devoid of any pesky morals that could get in the way of achieving their desires. Everything comes to a head when Justin is called upon to accept the most challenging assignment of his life. Little do they know, but their worlds will all tragically collide, as readers will discover, because in Boston, politics, history, and crime are all one when caught in the crosshairs…
A Note from Matthew Fitzpatrick: My dream to be a writer started around age eight. I was an only child at the time, and with no siblings, books became my friend and beloved companions. If everyone around me was quite busy, picking up a book would instantly render a connection to interesting people and wondrous places. I remember at a very young age reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary, but a short few years later I quickly moved on to Stephen King and Peter Straub. The genre of my first novel I would describe as “Boston Grit.” I grew up in a very politically active and connected Irish-Catholic family. Many of the characters in my novel are reflective of people that I know or knew, and the scenes are quite anecdotal. To explore these people and ghosts after a divorce and well within mid-life is such an adventure. This is not a book that I could have written 15 years ago, for the memories and vapor trails would not be so poignant. As I steamed through adulthood, I found myself steeped in the American dream: I had a beautiful wife who had a very successful career, two angelic daughters who I loved to take boating and float sea shells with. I am a US Coast Guard licensed sea captain, on top of having a very successful 25-year career in the investment management industry. To most looking in, I had won the game, but what was missing was my lifelong ambition to be an author. I can tell my story with conviction as the scenes are such a part of my life. This is my dream.