“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lies Of Silence

Mary O’Donnell’s WHERE THEY LIE (New Island) very likely wasn’t written as a crime / mystery novel – Mary O’Donnell’s reputation is as a literary novelist and poet – but it does offer a fictional account of one of the most compelling investigations in recent Irish history. To wit:
Gerda McAllister’s life is turned upside down when she is contacted by a mysterious caller, who claims to have information about the location of the bodies of her murdered loved ones, who are among the ‘Disappeared’. With her Dubliner boyfriend, and what remains of her family, she begins to piece together the truth. As the picture becomes clearer, though, revelations threaten to come out that will change all of their lives.
  Haunted by the killings, Gerda is forced to decide – will she try to leave the past behind her, or should she try to confront the truth and discover where they lie?
  WHERE THEY LIE is a remarkable novel that explores how families cope with tragedy, how men and women relate, how secrets hold and give power, and how history, when not confronted, can corrupt relationships, love and society. It is a novel of twists and turns that defy easy clarification. It is a novel that demands attention.
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