Alison McLennan, Falling for Johnny (Twisted Roots Publishing)

McLennan’s debut novel tells the story of Johnny McPherson, an organized crime boss in Boston, and Riley Donavan, a young woman who’s drawn into Johnny’s world by chance and circumstance. As they grow closer and Riley’s life spins out of control, their bond cracks. What will become of their friendship when Riley learns the truth of who Johnny is and what he’s done? “A dark, violent story with a heart” - Kirkus Reviews

Alison McLennan was awarded the first Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction by the Solstice MFA Program in 2010; Falling for Johnny won an honorable mention in the 2012 Utah Original Writing Competition.