Meet the Author

Michael Patrick Murphy

Michael Patrick Murphy was born south of Boston and comes from a family with strong native ties to South Boston. He spent ten years getting an education on Morrissey Boulevard– his high school and college years lived out in and around the areas of Dorchester, South Boston, and Boston. Inspired by stories his grandmother told him of the city’s history, and of his great-grandfather, Boston City Councilor Michael Mahoney, Murphy originally wrote Neighborhood Lines while in college. This timely heart-felt novel captures the unique atmosphere of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in Boston, when the aftershocks of court-ordered busing to public schools lingered on, integration of the all-white housing projects had begun, and the murder rate had reached record-breaking figures.

Neighborhood Lines tells the story of two young men— Nate and Patrick, who arise out of tough neighborhoods and challenging family circumstances to make decisions in their youth that profoundly affect their future. Murphy’s hope in writing the novel is that it be used as a tool to open up dialogues about race, class and the common ground that can be achieved by working together to solve conflicts.

Redeem the Lines, a sequel to Neighborhood  Lines (coming in February 2023), finds Nate and Patrick crossing paths in the real world and reuniting in the late 1990’s Boston landscape.

Murphy lives on the South Shore with his wife and two children and is CEO of his family-owned A. Murphy Inc. Electrical Design & Contracting firm.

Neighborhood Lines

In the heart of Boston in the 1980’s—a city engulfed in turmoil and racial tensions, an unlikely friendship develops between two students at Cathedral High School. Patrick is an Irish-Catholic born leader. His friends follow him with blind allegiance. Nate is a young, disciplined, black athlete—focused on finding his way out of the neighborhood alive. The two young men find themselves on hectic school grounds, in a culture that shuns friendships like theirs.   Learn more→

Redeem the Lines

A sequel to Michael Patrick Murphy’s first novel, Neighborhood Lines, Redeem the Lines finds Nate and Patrick out in the real world where they ultimately cross paths and reunite in the late 1990’s Boston landscape.

Other Literary Works in the Making

“A Road trip to the Old Country”
A few Boston Irishmen visit their relatives in rural Ireland only to be referred to as “The Yanks that flew upside down…”

“A Dive for Love“
A World War II love story where a young man faces a decision between the love for his country and the love of his life and unborn child…

A personal journey to finding one’s way out of the darkness and into the light.

Michael Patrick Murphy is CEO of A.Murphy Inc., a Union Electrical Contracting company located in Boston, Massachusetts. A. Murphy Inc. specializes in electrical, telecommunications, security, fire alarm, and audio visual systems installations and management. From working in the warehouse, driving the trucks, apprenticing, then as with Local 103 foremen, and now CEO, Murphy wears many hats and enjoys both building and growing the business alongside his brother.