Reviews (at Amazon)
Praise for The Boys of the Dark

"Haunting and disturbing. The voices of the victims will forever touch my heart. To turn a deaf ear to this
type of injustice is to give permission for it to continue.  As a people, as a society, we should be outraged." —
Jennifer Thompson, coauthor of Picking Cotton

"[The Boys of the Dark] reads seamlessly.... A worthy exploration of a regrettably long-lasting true-crime
nightmare." —Kirkus

“This deeply moving story is highly recommended to readers of heart-wrenching memoirs, 20th-century
American studies, or true crime.” —Library Journal

Praise for After the Fire:

"Unimaginably moving--readers will want to keep a box of tissues at hand--and deeply compassionate." —

"Honest and intimate... Fisher conveys a deep respect and compassion for all involved." —Publishers
Weekly (starred review)

Product Description

A story that garnered national attention, this is the harrowing tale of two men who suffered abuses at a
reform school in Florida in the 1950s and 60s, and who banded together fifty years later to confront their

Michael O’McCarthy and Robert W. Straley were teens when they were termed “incorrigible youth” by
authorities and ordered to attend the Florida School for Boys. They discovered in Marianna, the “City of
Southern Charm,” an immaculately groomed campus that looked more like an idyllic university than a reform
school. But hidden behind the gates of the Florida School for Boys was a hell unlike any they could have
imagined. The school’s guards and administrators acted as their jailers and tormentors. The boys allegedly
bore witness to assault, rape, and possibly even murder.

For fifty years, both men---and countless others like them---carried their torment in silence. But a series of
unlikely events brought O’McCarthy, now a successful rights activist, and Straley together, and they became
determined to expose the Florida School for Boys for what they believed it to be: a youth prison with a
century-long history of abuse. They embarked upon a campaign that would change their lives and inspire

Robin Gaby Fisher, a Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling After
the Fire, collaborates with Straley and O’McCarthy to offer a riveting account of their harrowing ordeal. The
book goes beyond the story of the two men to expose the truth about a century-old institution and a town
that adopted a Nuremberg-like code of secrecy and a government that failed to address its own wrongdoing.
What emerges is a tale of strength, resolve, and vindication in the face of the kinds of terror few can imagine.