Black Flies

Black Flies

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Becoming increasingly jaded in his first year as an inner-city paramedic, Ollie Cross makes a morally challenging decision to allow a brain-damaged and HIV-positive newborn to die, a choice that leads to the termination and suicide of his partner. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
Novelist Shannon Burke earned stunning reviews for his debut book, Safelight, and now he returns with the same minimalist intensity in this arresting follow-up. Black Flies is the story of paramedic Ollie Cross and his first year on the job in mid-'90s New York. It is a ground's eye view of life on the streets: the shoot-outs, the bad cops, unhinged medics, the hopeless patients, the dark humor in bizarre circumstances, and one medic's struggle to balance his desire to help against his own growing callousness. It is the story of lives that hang in the balance, and of a single job with a misdiagnosed newborn that sends Cross and his partner into a life-changing struggle between good and evil.


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& Taylor

In his first year as an inner-city paramedic, Ollie Cross makes a morally challenging decision to allow a brain-damaged and HIV-positive newborn to die, a choice that leads to the termination and suicide of his partner.

Publisher: Brooklyn : Soft Skull Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2008
ISBN: 9781593761912
1593761910
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 21 cm

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