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Michael McKay’s 1st novel -  "A Big House for Little Men"- is Truly a real True Crime Novel. From Boston, Mass

Michael W. McKay

By Suzy Geers - Vitality and Pulse Magazine

The Author and his book

This isn’t just a corruption book. This isn’t just a prison book. This is, in my opinion, the be all, and all of crime and punishment books about the inside of our Massachusetts prison system. It’s a story of survival ~ and it happened right in our backyard. It is about my neighbor and yours.
This book IS violent. Very violent, in fact, I had to re-read pages because I just couldn’t fathom what I was digesting. But, it is a life story ~ someone’s tragic life story.

Imagine being born without a chance. No chance to be a kid, to be loved unconditionally by a mom and a dad, no chance to join Little League ~ but instead being drawn into burglaries and murders, seeing your siblings off to prison, not college. This is the sad way of life for main character Cody in the intense and often shocking A Big House for Little Men.  Dorchester native and current North Attleboro resident Michael McKay penned an eye-opening fictional story of Cody’s rise from juvenile offender to the most powerful criminal in Boston.

Time to elaborate: This book is based on a real story which had to be written as a fictional account of murders that occurred within Walpole State prison in the late 1970s. So, although it is listed as “fiction,” it is based ~ oh so closely ~ upon real events.

McKay explains, “80% is fiction and the 20% are embellishments. I have all the facts to back it up ~ written documents and reports. If I made this a work of non-fiction, I would have troopers, D.A.s and prison officials wanting to know the who, the when, the how…and I don’t want to deal with that, if you know what I mean.”

Cody is the notorious real life Mikey Thurber and the crimes he commits are atrocious. Thurber was the most talked about and feared creature of the 1970s. One of the most heinous and brutal (alleged) murders he commits while in prison involves an ice pick and a castration (and there’s much more to it), retaliation for a fierce act of vigilante prison vengeance (specifically, someone strangling his friend).  Riots at Walpole State Prison shook the Bay State in 1972. The facility gained national notoriety when prisoners took guards hostage in 1978; several murders within the prison made national headlines in 1979, after which the correction officers (scared for their and their families’ lives) had enough and walked out of the prison in protest. At Walpole, the prisoners ran the show. Thurber ~ and in A Big House for Little Men, Cody ~ was its virtuoso.

As evil as Cody is, Michael McKay has superbly ~ if not perfectly ~ hand-crafted a character that gains readers’ sympathy, that lets us have compassion for Cody. I actually felt for this person who had committed such vile crimes; I wanted him to win, to beat the system and get some sort of normalcy, a fresh start, a chance.  I felt in a strange way that the state owed it to him, that maybe any of us who grew up loved and loving owed it to him.

Cody is now walking the streets ~ your streets, my streets.  He was released ~ yes, released ~ with life parole (to tell you how and why now would be doing a disservice to McKay’s magnetic storytelling, so all I shall do is urge you to read A Big House for Little Men for yourself!) but his sentence was eventually greatly reduced by a crooked ex- Massachusetts State Trooper
(Cody’s old acquaintance from the neighborhood) turned head of the Massachusetts Parole Board.

McKay’s fiction, so heavily infused with often bone-chilling non-fiction, is a magnetic character study not just of a character named Cody, but of characters named The MA Judicial System and Where We Come From.  Pick up a copy and set aside some time to read A Big House for Little Men from cover to cover. It is a thought-provoking dose of “fictional reality.”




“A Big House for Little Men"
Written by Boston Native, Michael W. McKay

                                About this Author;


Michael W. McKay is 57 Years old and has over 25 years in the  with Criminal Justice.
He has developed an appreciation for diversity, citizenship, leadership, and social and business culture.

 Michael W. McKay holds degrees
in Criminal Justice and Business. From State and federal levels—including, Criminal Procedure
s, and still work's in his spear time with Troubled Kids. Mr. McKay deals with troubled kids. E-mail Mr. McKay  if you would like him to visit your Detention Centers, or for a one on one meeting, you will get a new kid back after only a two hour meeting. E-mail

Mr. McKay also is proud to say he has two Son's Serving in the U.S. Army, one in Germany and the other in Fort Cambell in the 101 air assualt unit. Both have not only served but has fought in Afghanistan, in which both will be going back next Month.

Mr. McKay also is writing another Novel Called "You Leave me No Option"

Michael W. McKay travels the Country through Barnes and Noble Stores for book signings and was born in Boston Massachusetts. 

”You Leave Me No Option"

Author’s Note:  Mr. McKay’s goal in life is to get any  person to “Read a Book” any Book, and let your mind wonder – Thanks to all for your support !!!


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Reviews: About this "True Crime Novel"

~Move Over Shephen King, There's a New Author in Town ~Globe

~“A riveting story that reads like a high-octane thriller ~L.A.Times

~ Remember the movies Goodfellas, The Departed, Casino and the Boondocks Saints? Toss all four in a blender, Hit the power and stand back.  What comes out will be   "A Big House For Little Men"   Recognized as one of the top new suspenseful thrillers ~N.Y. Times

The Character "Cody" is so believable in this book and is a pure psychopath -  I can't get him out of my mind
                      ~Boston Phoenix

It's hard to believe this is a Fetishist Story. Cody is a very cold person, but parts of what happened in the book, brought me to tears— Hearld

~This Story will make you loose sleep at night, This is one of the most compelling thrillers I have read ! ~ Denver Press

How does one neighborhood turn a child so sour? "A Big House for Little Men" is a novel following Cody, a kid who grows up in an impoverished neighborhood in Boston. He runs with gangs, which leads to his adult life being spent in prison.
But prison doesn't seem to be all that different from the streets; Cody remains as ruthless as ever, and he has no idea where he will end up next. "A Big House for Little Men" is an intriguing exploration of the criminal psyche, recommended
~ Midwest Book Review










Explosive New Crime Book Opens Up Old Massachusetts Prison Wounds
Michael W. McKay’s ‘A Big House for Little Men’ uses the notorious Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts as an inspiration for a new high-octane thriller.
January 19,2010 - abighouseforlittlemen.com


Boston, Mass. / Murder, hit squads, and corruption; three crimes you’d think would be bigger problems outside of a prison instead of within its four walls.  However, as Massachusetts residents know, that wasn’t the case in the 1970s.  Riots at Walpole State Prison shook the Bay State in 1972.  Several murders within the prison made headlines in 1978, and Walpole gained national notoriety when prisoners took guards hostage in 1979.

Now, an explosive new crime book draws upon these turbulent events to spin a powerful story about how one young man took over a prison and became the most powerful criminal in Boston.  Written by Boston native Michael W. McKay, A Big House for Little Men is a high-octane, plot twisting thriller McKay says is sure to strike a cord with longtime Massachusetts residents.


“Anyone with Boston ties knows how bad things were in Massachusetts prisons in the ‘70s,” says McKay.  “There were one or two murders a week, but what do you expect when you put psychopaths and sociopaths in the same place? Guards were scared to go to work, they were scared for their families, they were scared of what the prisoners could do.”


Perfect for fans of books and movies like The Departed, Mystic River, and Goodfellas, A Big House for Little Men introduces a fictional character named Cody, a lifelong criminal who grew up in an all-Irish Dorchester neighborhood in Boston. The story focuses on central themes of family, friendship, crime, and the city of Boston itself.


“People have a love affair with Boston, and for good reason,” says McKay, who is currently working another new title called You Leave Me No Option. “But as with any great city, there’s a dark side. There are bad events people don’t talk about. And you know what they say happens when you don’t learn from history.”


That’s part of the reason McKay says he decided to write A Big House for Little Men.  He says the same issues and factors that led to the notorious events of the 1970s could easily repeat themselves.  McKay says the lessons of his novel are tragically timeless in that they apply just as easily 30 years ago as they do to the troubled youths and the ghettos of modern day Boston.


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About Michael W. McKay:  Michael W. McKay was born in Massachusetts and has developed a life-long love affair with the city of Boston.  His new book, A Big House for Little Men, uses the history of the notorious Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts as an inspiration for a page-turning storyline featuring a psychopathic central character and his deadly ties with sex, drugs, the Boston mafia, and corrupt policemen and prison guards.  McKay now splits his time between Boston and Tampa, Fla., where he is working on a new novel entitled, “You Leave Me No Option”.


Michael W. McKay


Email:  mckaymichael18@yahoo.com

Web: www.ABigHouseForLittleMen.com


Synopsis of my Book:

Growing up in a family of eight in an Irish neighborhood ghetto in Boston, Massachusetts, is not an easy life. Cody realizes early on that a kid from this neighborhood can only become a priest, a cop, or a criminal. Cody chooses the latter. He quickly adapts to living on the streets. He desires the life of a criminal and is mentored by some of the most reputable gangsters known around Boston. A career criminal, Cody pleads guilty to murder in the second degree and enters one of the harshest maximum correctional institutions in the country. But incarceration doesn’t stop Cody; he adjusts easily to prison life. During his sentence, he escapes twice and commits several murders. With assistance from other inmates, he’s accused of forming execution squads to maintain power. He helps organize a prison takeover while plotting to commit more murders. Death has been his best friend all of his life. Cody has other friends in some strategic positions within the Massachusetts justice system. He’s not the average man nor is he the average criminal. Although Cody never had a problem escaping prison, he realizes that he can never escape his past.