The Rising at Roxbury Crossing: A Novel

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Author Talk
James Redfearn
6:00pm (with 5:30 reception)

Willie Dwyer, an Irish immigrant and Boston patrolman, struggles with his conscience after being caught up in the  violence of his native land’s rebellion. The Rising at Roxbury Crossing features a hard and gritty look at post-war Boston when she was burdened with high unemployment, radical anarchists and Labor unrest. Escaped political prisoner, Eamon de Valera campaigns for financial assistance for Ireland’s revolutionary government as the city’s police prepare to strike for fair pay and better working conditions. It is 1919 and just as Boston’s Irish patrolman strike and the city erupts into riots and chaos, Willie’s nemesis crosses the Atlantic to track him down. And Willie Dwyer must decide whether to run from his past or confront his future.

Jim was raised in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood and is a former Massachusetts State Trooper, an investigator for a prominent Boston law firm and an industrial photographer. He earned a graduate degree in writing from Harvard University at the age of fifty-nine. His short fiction has been published by the University’s Charles River Review and the New England Writer’s Network. Among his many appearances, Jim has participated in several authors’ panels, including last year’s panel at Harvard University, moderated by Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Harding. He has lectured in the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series, at the Irish Cultural Center of New England and the Union Club of Boston. To contact Jim or learn more about him and his novel, please go to