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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.
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.
|Publication date:||15th April 2010|
|Publisher:||Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Gene Kerrigan