June 2012

Contact: James Redfearn,, 617-512-9248

THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING (Olde Stoney Brook Publishing, Publication Date: June 16, 2012, ISBN No. 978-0-9839960-5-7, $18.95) is compelling fiction about conflict and change, during a critical period in the 20th Century, following World War I and centering on the Irish Rebellion, America’s Red Scare, and the Boston Police Strike. According to its author, James Redfearn, the novel’s themes of compassionate immigration, justice in the workplace and cultural freedom resonate today.

In THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING, America is seeking its lost identity in postwar 1919, as radical revolutionaries, high unemployment, and labor unrest challenge the nation’s democratic institutions.

In heavily Irish Boston, meanwhile, a different challenge is played out by the city’s predominantly Irish and underpaid police force and by echoes of Ireland’s guerilla war of independence.

Boston “copper” and Irish immigrant Willie Dwyer is haunted by a decade-old nightmare, a legacy of his own involvement in his native land’s rebel uprising. When the police strike for fair pay and tolerable working conditions and just as the city erupts in chaos and confusion, Willie’s nemesis crosses an ocean to hunt him down and disclose his secret.

Another compelling story is that of its author who was raised in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. Redfearn, in addition to being a former Massachusetts State Police trooper (instructor, patrol officer, and investigator), has also worked as an industrial photographer, and as a longtime investigator for a prominent Boston law firm. He earned a graduate degree in writing from Harvard University at the age of 59 and has had short fiction published by Harvard’s Charles River Review and the New England Writer’s Network. THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING took seven years to complete and marks his literary debut.

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