By Craig Davidson
Owen and Duncan are formative years acquaintances who've grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls--known to them via the grittier identify Cataract urban. because the understand good, there's extra to the bordertown than meets the attention: at the back of the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk owners, previous the hawkers of vacationer T-shirts and inexpensive souvenirs stay the true those who scrape jointly a residing through toiling on the Bisk, the neighborhood cookie manufacturing unit. after which there are the actually determined, people who are interested in the borderline and an international of dog-racing, bare-knuckle combating, and night-time smuggling.
Owen and Duncan imagine they're diversified: either dream of get away, a longing made extra pressing via a near-death incident in early life that sealed their bond. yet in maturity their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the fewer privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen turn into reluctant adversaries at contrary ends of the legislation. At stake is not just survival and break out, yet a lifelong friendship that could in simple terms be damaged at an unthinkable rate.
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