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Dark Times in the City

by Gene Kerrigan

Dark Times in the City Synopsis

Danny Callaghan is just out of jail and enjoying a quiet drink in a Dublin pub when two men walk in with guns. On impulse, he intervenes to rescue the intended victim, petty criminal Walter Bennett, and finds himself dragged into Dublin's murky underworld. As the police grope for answers and Danny struggles to protect those he loves, the rising tensions between the gangs threaten to erupt into a bloody showdown. Dark Times in the City portrays a society stumbling from prosperity to uncertainty - where cocaine and easy money have fuelled a ruthless gang culture and a man's impulsive decency may cost him the lives of those who matter most.

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.

Dark Times in the City Press Reviews

Brilliant... Unbearably tense... stomach-churningly frightening * Observer * Cruelly authentic... a very fine crime novel * Sunday Independent (Ireland) * The writing in Dark Times is urgent and uncluttered, the plotting taut...Kerrigan's real coup lies in his assured portrayal of Danny Callaghan, a man with a chequered history but more than a flicker of humanity -- Daragh Reddin * Metro * Muscular writing, a smart line in self-deprecating humour, terrific dialogue and an engrossing portrayal of the sights and sounds of Dublin noir * The Times * Gene Kerrigan is a great writer * Roddy Doyle *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099532026
Publication date: 15th April 2010
Author: Gene Kerrigan
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Gene Kerrigan

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.

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