Nineteen-year-old Mike is at loose ends: should he stay in college, marry his high school girlfriend, work full time or do what most of his peers have done - drift into the omnipresent arena of local organised crime. Unable or unwilling to decide he coasts along until he is forced to confront the grim realities of 'wise guy' justice and his own culpability in its execution. Neither a sentimental character, nor a 'wise guy' Mike's stuck in a situation and an upbringing that means he has to either follow the traditional neighbourhood route and forego any personal ambitions he has, or make a stand and turn against the life that he knows. Being a teenager, he's no good at making choices. He reacts, rather than acts. His tough-guy stance, sometimes arrogant, sometimes humorous is a cover for his confusion. McLoughlin perfectly captures this state of mind, and his characterisation never hits a false note.
TIM McLOUGHLIN was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he still resides. He is currently employed in the Kings County Supreme Court. Heart of the Old Country is his first novel.