The shadows seethe with violence, guilt, secrets and regret in the down-at-the-heels, working-class Boston neighborhood where this melancholy tale of murder — physical and spiritual — unfolds. A brief prologue set in 1975 establishes the friendship between three neighborhood 11-year-olds, cocky and perpetually defiant Jimmy Marcum, tough but sensible Sean Devine and wide-eyed, deferential Dave Boyle. Two men claiming to be police officers catch the youngsters in an act of minor vandalism, but only Dave, the natural-born victim, is bullied into their car. He returns four days later, abused and traumatized, and the lives of all three boys are forever changed. Some thre...