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Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan

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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2009.

CWA Judges’ comments: ‘The seamy and menacing side of a modern Dublin awash in a sea of cocaine and drug warfare.’

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Gene Kerrigan (author of Little Criminals, much acclaimed by such writers as Roddy Doyle) shows he can still produce something fresh and radical with the crime fiction concept with Dark Times in the City. Danny Callaghan is drinking in a Dublin pub, when two armed men walk in. Without thinking, Danny finds himself intervening to protect the gunmen’s victim, petty criminal Walter Bennett. It’s an action that will change Danny’s life. Little Criminals marked Kerrigan out as a truly ambitious crime writer, with a dextrous use of language married to some masterful plotting, and those characteristics are on display here.
~ Barry Forshaw


Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan

Danny Callaghan is having a quiet drink in a Dublin pub when two men with guns walk in. They're here to take care of a minor problem - petty criminal Walter Bennett. On impulse, Callaghan intervenes to save Walter's life. Soon, his own survival is in question. With a troubled past and an uncertain future, Danny finds himself drawn into a vicious scheme of revenge. Dark Times in the City depicts an edgy city where affluence and cocaine fuel a ruthless gang culture, and a man's fleeting impulse may cost the lives of those who matter most to him. Kerrigan's new novel is his finest yet; gripping from start to finish, powerful, original and impossible to put down.

About the Author

Gene Kerrigan grew up in Cabra West, Dublin. He was Journalist of the Year in 1985 and 1990. He is the author of a number of books, including the bestselling Hard Cases. He writes for the Independent on Sunday.

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2nd April 2009


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