Meet the Author

Michael Patrick Murphy

Michael Patrick Murphy was born south of Boston and comes from a family with strong native ties to 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, South Boston city councilor Michael Mahoney, Murphy originally wrote the foundation of Neighborhood Lines/Redeem the Lines while in college.

Neighborhood Lines, a timely, heart-felt novel, captures the unique atmosphere of the late 1980s and early 1990s 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.

Redeem the Lines is the sequel that continues the story of these two young men—Nate and Patrick, who arise out of opposing tough neighborhoods and face many challenges from their current precarious Boston culture in the mid-1990s. The decisions and ramifications of their past create a world of new circumstances that profoundly affect their relationship and the direction of their future. Murphy’s hope in writing the novel is that it be used as a tool to open up dialogues about corruption, race, class, and the common ground that can be achieved by working together to solve conflicts.

Murphy, who owns several businesses in the Boston area, lives on the South Shore with his wife and three children.

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 mid-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.