Bronx Native Earns Raves for “THE BRONX KILL”

Bronx Native Philip Cioffari Earns Raves for new Novel, The Bronx Kill:

A taut, tense, atmospheric tale, The Bronx Kill is now available nationwide




LIVINGSTON, AL – Award-winning novelist Philip Cioffari has earned raves for his latest novel, The Bronx Kill. A thoughtful, thought-provoking, exquisitely crafted tale that fuses elements of mystery and literary fiction, The Bronx Kill has garnered high praise:

“An engaging, gripping story” – The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger


“This book is destined to stay with readers.” Mystery Tribune


“Interesting revelations in this tale of loyalty, lost innocence, and redemption.”

– Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


“Cioffari incorporates a sturdy mystery into his story but it’s the brooding atmosphere that truly packs a punch.  Readers will gladly lose themselves in this novel’s sense of foreboding.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Bronx Kill is a mystery wrapped in revenge…characters are so well developed. A great book.”

– Freelance reviewer Laura Hartman for


A haunting tale” – Bookloons


About The Bronx Kill:  When Danny Baker returns home after a self-imposed exile, he finds himself face to face with what he’d run away from. On a hot August night five years earlier, a teenage brotherhood called the Renegades—Danny, Charlie Romano, Johnny Whalen, Tim Mooney and Julianne Regan, the lone female of the group with whom they were all in love—set out on a misguided and ill-fated effort to swim the East River from the Bronx to Queens. Under questionable circumstances, Tim Mooney, known affectionately as Timmy Moon, and Julianne both disappear in the failed attempt. Timmy washes up the next day, but Julianne’s body is never found. In the initial police investigation, the apparent drownings were ruled “accidental.” But Timmy’s older brother, Tom, has recently been promoted to the rank of detective in the NYPD—and he’s decided to re-open the case. Convinced that the death of his brother was anything but an accident, he’s determined to bring the surviving Renegades to justice by any means possible.  Now Danny must fight not only to preserve his childhood friendships but also to save himself and his friends from the detective’s vigilante brand of justice.  And that will mean having to confront the truth about what really happened on that hot August night…


Philip Cioffari is the author of the novels: Dark Road, Dead EndJesusvilleCatholic Boys; and the short story collection, A History of Things Lost or Broken, which won both the Tartt Fiction Prize, and the D. H. Lawrence award for fiction. Cioffari has also been awarded the Sons of Italy award for literary excellence; the Writers’ Voice NY award for fiction; the Italian Americana award for fiction. His short stories have been published widely in commercial and literary magazines and anthologies, including North American Review, Playboy, Michigan Quarterly Review, Northwest ReviewFlorida Fiction, and Southern Humanities Review. He has written and directed for Off and Off-Off Broadway. His Indie feature film, which he wrote and directed, Love in the Age of Dion, has won numerous awards, including Best Feature Film at the Long Island International Film Expo, and Best Director at the NY Independent Film & Video Festival. Philip Cioffari is a Professor of English, and director of the Performing and Literary Arts Honors Program, at William Paterson University.

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Published by Livingston Press, The Bronx Kill is now available in trade paper (978-1604891874, 254 pages, $16.95), hardcover (978-1604891867, $25.95) and eBook editions.


Livingston Press, the publishing arm of the University of West Alabama, publishes an eclectic mix of noteworthy titles.  For more information, visit: Member of the news media wishing to request additional information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or email:

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