On a steamy summer day in 1920, as the blood-red sun sets over New York's Hudson River, the leaders of two rival gangs from the Irish and Jewish ghettos slug it out on the Fulton Street docks. That day, Tony McGrath and Mike Roth fight to a bloody draw-- the first of many battles that will propel them from the streets to the world heavyweight championship ring and beyond, into the cutthroat political arena of megalopolitan power-brokering.
Skyline is a panoramic story about the building of modern Manhattan and the men who shaped its growth. In this sweeping novel we follow the loves, lives and family quarrels, the victories, fears and dreams of Mike and Tony from their brawling adolescence to their maturity as movers and shakers of the greatest city on earth.
"From New York politics and the championship ring to Los Angeles glitter and the birth of color television, Milton shows the shaping of a nation through the lives of two powerful men. It's a knock-out!" Dana Murduck, Ashville Citizen-Times
"I love any novel that calls itself a 'panorama' and even sometimes really is. Skyline is wonderful reading-- a real escape. Milton mixes real people (Jimmy Walker, Fiorella LaGuardia, Joe Louis, Louis B Mayer and Bugsy Segal) with a unique cast of fictional characters. Tony McGrath and Mike Roth are young leaders of rival Irish and Jewish gangs in New York in the early 1920's. Skyline chronicles the growth of New York along with their families. Both become involved in heavyweight boxing championships, business and politics. I knew the story was unlikely, but I became too involved in the excitement to care. The magic of this book is that you care deeply about the people and their lives. Skyline is one of the few novels that deserves the praise on its cover." Judy Kwell, Roanoke Times