Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Going Up To Monto

I was very impressed with Kevin McCarthy’s debut, PEELER, a historical crime fiction novel set during the Irish War of Independence. It featured the RIC’s Sean O’Keefe, who returns in the novel’s sequel, IRREGULARS (New Island), which will be published later this year. To wit:
IRREGULARS is set during the Civil War in 1922 and deals with the search for the missing son of one of Monto’s most powerful brothel owners while Free State and Republican death squads stalk the streets and back lanes of Dublin. Sean O’Keefe, recently demobbed from the RIC, is hired to find the boy amid the tumult and terror of a country at war with itself.
  For updates, clickety-click on Kevin McCarthy’s blog.
  For my take on PEELERS, clickety-click here.

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