Narrows Gate is the novel Lee Child raves is “outstanding in every way—major talent, voice, feel and been-there knowledge meets a story as tough and complex as the time that inspired it.”
In the years surrounding World War II, Narrows Gate, New Jersey, is a dangerous place—and a world of possibilities. For Sal Benno, a neighborhood kid who doesn’t take to school, Narrows Gate is where he can provide the favors the Mafia needs. His street smarts and his sharp wit bring him into the mob’s inner circle—and closer to ultimate danger. His lifelong friend, Leo Bell, aspires to a life well beyond the mean streets. He sticks by Sal through thick and thin, but harbors a dangerous secret that could either keep Sal alive—or bring his life to an abrupt end. Looming over both of them is the shadow of Bill “Bebe” Marsala, a handsome and hugely popular crooner who becomes a pawn in a mob war that could destroy them all.
Narrows Gate is an epic saga that George Pelecanos calls “equal parts Ellroy, Puzo, and Scorsese”—a powerful story that captures the heart of the immigrant experience, and the soul of America.