Larry Kirwan the Irish playwright, novelist, and musician (leader of the political rock band Black 47) will present his new novel Rockaway Blue, in conversation with Matthew Fitzpatrick, author of Demon Tide. "Poet, raconteur, novelist, rock star: Larry Kirwan is a man designed to bridge our times. If anyone can bring the disciplines together, and make sense of this stew of human experience, it is Kirwan in Rockaway Blue." --Colum McCann
When terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Brian Murphy rescued seven people from the World Trade Center. Even as steel girders buckled and groaned, Brian rushed back up the stairs of the North Tower in search of those in need. He died a hero, one of more than four hundred police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who perished that fateful day.
Three years later, Vietnam veteran and retired NYPD detective-sergeant Jimmy Murphy is on a mission to find the truth behind his son's death. Why was Brian in the tower that morning? Had he anticipated the attack? Suspecting a cover-up of a deeper truth, Jimmy must confront his family, friends, and old colleagues in the police department to discover what happened to Brian and who his eldest son really was.
Murphy's investigation takes him from his home turf in the Irish American enclave of Rockaway Beach to Muslim Atlantic Avenue and beyond in order to find his own truth about 9/11. Dry-eyed and determined, Murphy battles barstool patriotism, the NYPD blue wall of silence, and a ticking clock--all the while haunted by his own secrets and the raw memory of his difficult relationship with his dead son.
Written by author and musician Larry Kirwan, Rockaway Blue is a thrilling and poignant story of a family struggling to pull itself together after an unthinkable trauma.
Larry Kirwan was the leader of New York-based Irish political rock band Black 47 for 25 years. He is author of five previous books, including, Liverpool Fantasy, Rockin' The Bronx, and Green Suede Shoes, and seventeen plays and musicals, including Paradise Square which will open on Broadway in 2022. He is currently working on a stage version of The Informer. Kirwan also hosts Celtic Crush a popular radio show on Sirius/XM and writes a column for The Irish Echo.
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