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Winner of the 2012 CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, this is a gripping thriller set in credit-crunch Dublin, from the master of hardboiled Irish noir.
Veteran journalist Gene Kerrigan is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, The Rage, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year - an award previously won by authors including Belinda Bauer, Peter Temple, Michael Dibdin and Ian Rankin.
Taut prose distinguishes Kerrigan's accomplished crime novel set in contemporary Dublin. Det. Sgt. Bob Tidey faces a moral quandary after investigating a banker's murder. Former nun Maura Coady, who keeps watch over a quiet suburb, makes a fateful phone call, while within the city's criminal underbelly, swaggering Vincent Naylor and his brother, Noel, are preparing for their next big heist. Kerrigan (Little Criminals) touches on broader social and political issues, from the Irish housing bubble to the long shadows cast by abuse within the Catholic church, which deepen rather than distract from the main action as it speeds ahead with wheels shrieking, preparing the reader for an ending whose inevitability doesn't diminish its explosive impact. While these Dublin streetscapes lack the hard glamour of L.A. noir, Tidey emerges as a prototypical Raymond Chandler hero, holding fast to his moral compass in a corrupt world that demands compromise even from good men. Agent: Melanie Jackson, the Melanie Jackson Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A stunning novel. Here at last is the Irish Chandler. Naylor is a villain worthy of Elmore Leonard in his prime" -- Ken Bruen "The Rage is a gripping thriller written with such authority and authenticity that it almost feels like documentary. If you love crime fiction, you owe it to yourself to read Gene Kerrigan" -- Stuart Neville "Kerrigan's bruising depiction of Dublin's underbelly is wrought with hard-boiled lyricism" * Metro * "Pacy...cuts close to the bone" * Irish Independent * "Written in Kerrigan's trademark, sparse style, it rattles along the way all good crime fiction should" * The Irish Independent *
Kerrigan is an award-winning Irish journalist (Round Up The Usual Suspects) whose crime fiction (A Midnight Choir; Little Criminals) has an authenticity born of a socialist worldview, great writing, and a feel for the criminal and paramilitary gangs operating in urban Dublin. He deals here with "tiger kidnappings," the post-Celtic Tiger miasma of ruin, the recently published reports on clerical abuse, police collaboration with politicians, etc. The protagonist is Detective Tidey, a complex, flawed, but humane individual. Tidey is dealing with a surfeit of domestic and work pressures while pursuing his investigations, using unorthodox measures if required, including perjury. The novel centers around his attempt to solve the murder of a high-flying banker, which eventually links to an Ordinary Decent Criminal (ODC) operation that goes awry. The rage that follows is visceral and lethal. It is also a metaphor for the suppressed rage of many Irish from years of abuse, exploitation, greed, and negligence of bankers, speculators, and politicians. VERDICT For authenticity, narrative, plot, writing skill, the gritty noirish crime milieu setting, and the post-Celtic-Tiger-Ireland toxicity, Kerrigan's latest well deserves its CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year.-Seamus Scanlon, Ctr. for Worker Education, CUNY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.