So here's a rad novel by my friend, Stanton McCaffery. I had the pleasure of reading an early draft. The published version is even better. Just finished it. Kicked my ass even harder than the first time around.
Into the Ocean is a Jersey-based story of down-and-out desperation and brutality. Lots of complex, troubled characters: a violent fixer seeking redemption, corrupt cops, junkies, emotionally-devastated families.
Rock-solid commentaries and insights too.
Into the Ocean is grim as hell, but packed with loads of heart and authenticity.
Check it out. You won't be sorry.