MIKE BOYLE lives between the coal belt and the rust belt in a concrete room by the train tracks. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist for many rock bands from the late '70s until the mid '90s, most notably New Left, circa 1983-'86. Part of the early DIY rock scene, New Left released two singles on their own label and received significant college radio airplay across the USA before disbanding in New York City amid rumors of substance abuse and in-fighting. Boyle has written poems and stories about street life, bar life and factory life, his first poetry appearing in small press journals in the late '80s. This is his first published novel.