Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus's first love. All at once, memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy, and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin. The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they called Marcus, and his cousins Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their whole lives ahead of them, before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years, Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now, he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the real story of the Baltimore Boys.
After getting to the heart of ‘The Harry Quebert Affair’, Marcus has writer’s block. To find a solution, he seeks out solitude and turns his attention to his family’s past. The Goldmans' story is one of rivalry and success, wealth and obsession, and a tragedy that changed Marcus forever. Dicker's talent lies in writing about the secrets and darkness that lie just beneath the surface of everyday lives. The Baltimore Boys is both heart-breaking and compelling. A great holiday read.
Recommended by Anita Power, Dubray Kilkenny