Redeem the Lines

by Michael Patrick Murphy

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.

About Redeem the lines

Two worlds on a razor's edge

The racially charged streets of 1990s Boston have hit a record-high murder rate. With dominating mob boss Whitey Bulger out of the picture, several rising-talent gang leaders vie for the throne, leaving in their war’s wake more bodies than the corrupt police bother to deal with.

Patrick, an Irish Catholic boxer fresh out of prison for something he didn’t do, returns to his old neighborhood and barely recognizes it with the proliferation of heroin and its zombie addicts. At the same time, his old high school friend Nate, a Black out-of-state college graduate, comes back to Boston to attend yet another funeral.

When Patrick flies to Ireland to pull a money drop orchestrated by his IRA–connected former cellmate, the city mayor, and possibly even Bill Clinton, Nate digs deeper into the gang underground to uncover the truth about his cousin’s death. Fueled with vengeance for their cousins who were murdered by one another’s associates, old friends collide in the last place they ever thought they’d find themselves, but they manage to see beyond their ravenous craving for swift justice and together tackle the true cause of all the violence.

Breaking down neighborhood boundaries and racial biases, Redeem the Lines will thrust you through whiskey benders, bare-knuckle brawls, and midnight rendezvous to expose the true colors of prejudice and corruption and find the key to resolving both of them.

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 →