Jon Boilard is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, he has been living in Northern California since 1986.
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Set in a busted Massachusetts mill town circa 1986, The Castaway Lounge is the story of Jackson "Applejack" Woods. Cocaine peddler, womanizer, and tough-guy-for-hire, Applejack is weary of the wrong life and trying to put it in his rearview mirror. But all bets are off when a pole dancer ends up dead during an after-hours party with a pair of shifty businessmen, and our hero risks going to prison or worse by setting in motion a plan to bring the killers to justice.

Along the way, Applejack's fiancée gets abducted by a flying saucer, a bible-thumping arsonist burns down a local titty bar, and a disturbing love triangle forms when a washed-up guitar player seduces his teenage son's girlfriend. To further complicate matters, upon learning of her demise, the dead stripper's father and twin brothers thunder down from the high hills hell-bent on revenge.

Told in the clipped, hard-as-nails language of Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, The Castaway Lounge explores one man's chronic struggle to choose between right and wrong, and his growing sense that sometimes the right choice requires the ultimate sacrifice..

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Praise for A River Closely Watched and Jon Boilard
"A River Closely Watched is a stunning debut. You will hear from Jon Boilard again and again." —Steve Yarbrough, author of Realm of Last Chances and The Oxygen Man
"There's an old saw among traders of collectible volumes that goes, 'A scarce book is one you'll find once in ten years of dedicated browsing; a rare book is one you'll find once in a lifetime.' By a similar measure, Jon Boilard is a rare writer, and his debut novel is a gem among rare reads." —Sonny Brewer, author of The Widow and the Tree and The Poet of Tolstoy Park
"Boilard's debut novel is the literary equivalent of punk rock." —Kirkus Reviews
"Boilard's debut novel is an exercise in noir, or perhaps it might be better described as Southern Gothic come to rural New England." —Booklist