The publication, last year, of the fourth and final book in Caimh McDonnell’s Dublin “trilogy” (!) is an invitation to (re-) discover this recent series of Irish crime novels:
A Man With One of Those Faces (The Dublin Trilogy Book 1), McFori Ink, 2016
The Day That Never Comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2), McFori Ink, 2017
Angels in the Moonlight (The Dublin Trilogy Prequel, Book 0), McFori Ink, 2017
Last Orders (The Dublin Trilogy Book 3), McFori Ink, 2018
A brilliant example of the “delicate infractions” characteristic of Crime Fiction’s tendency (according to Borges) to blur generic demarcations, this series could aptly be described as “Craic Noir”. It has justly been praised both for bringing Irish Noir to an entirely new level of humor, and for putting some Dublin “craic” in the crime genre.
The author is the award-winning stand-up comedian and TV writer Caimh McDonnell : check his Official website here : WhiteHairedIrishman.com
Here is the blurb from the second book in the series, The Day That Never Comes:
Remember those people that destroyed the economy and then cruised off on their yachts? Well guess what – someone is killing them. Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy. Paul Mulchrone doesn’t care about any of this; he has problems of his own. His newly established detective agency is about to be DOA. One of his partners won’t talk to him for very good reasons and the other has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason at all. Can he hold it together long enough to figure out what Bunny McGarry’s colourful past has to do with his present absence? When the law and justice no longer mean the same thing, on which side will you stand? The Day That Never Comes is the second book in Caimh McDonnell’s Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit.
Murder One Crime-Writing Festival,
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin
November 2nd – 4th.
Lynda La Plante and Michael Connelly, Declan Burke and Declan Hughes, Niamh O’Connor, Liz Nugent and Jane Casey, Anthony Quinn, Val McDermid, Peter James, Marc Billingham and many more Irish and international crime fiction authors are all scheduled to feature at this three-day festival. For more information and to see the programme, please visit the Festival Website http://www.murderone.ie/
– Richard O’Rawe –
September 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
No Alibis Bookstore, 82, Botanic Avenue, Belfast
In association with The Merrion Press, No Alibis Bookstore invites you to the launch of this stunning new thriller by Richard O’Rawe
When James ‘Ructions’ O’Hare put together a crack team to rob the National Bank in Belfast in December 2004, even he didn’t realise he was about to carry off one of the biggest bank heists in British and Irish history.
And he’ll be damned if the Provos are getting a slice of it.
In Richard O’Rawe’s stunning debut novel, as audacious and well executed as Ructions’ plan to rob the National Bank itself, a new voice in Irish fiction has been unleashed that will shock, surprise and thrill as he takes you on a white-knuckle ride through Belfast’s criminal underbelly. Enter the deadly world of tiger kidnappings, kangaroo courts, money laundering, drug deals and double-crosses.
Northern Heist is a roller-coaster bank robbery thriller with twists and turns from beginning to end.
By Daniel Magennis. PhD Student. Queen’s University Belfast.
I meet Adrian McKinty in the Piano bar in Belfast’s Europa Hotel – the self-proclaimed ‘most bombed hotel in Europe’ – to discuss his multi award-winning Sean Duffy series, the Northern Irish identity and growing up in Carrick during the darker years of Northern Ireland’s short but turbulent history. Continue reading
Fri 25th November 6.30pm, No Alibis, 83, Botanic Avenue, Belfast
An evening of chat about Crime Fiction on the Emerald Isle with Declan Burke, John Connolly and Others
Thrilling, disturbing, shocking and moving, Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers is a compulsive anthology of original stories by Ireland’s best-known crime writers. Continue reading
Belfast, Monday 15th June, 6: 15 p.m. No Alibis Bookstore,
As part of the conference on the Rural as a scene in Crime Fiction (conference organised by the Institute for collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University, Belfast), Brian McGilloway & Anthony Quinn will talk about their work in No Alibis Bookstore, in conversation with author Dr Andrew Pepper. All welcome ! Come and join us !
If you are interested in attending the conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Setting the Scene’: Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture, ICRH, Queen’s University,
Belfast 15-16 June 2015
Please contact : Dr Dominique Jeannerod (email@example.com) or Dr Linda Price (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[Dominique Jeannerod] Many thanks for accepting to answer some questions, ahead of next week’s Belfast Conference on Representations of the Rural in Crime Fiction. We are really looking forward to it . You will be in No Alibis on Monday, to talk about your writing, together with Brian McGilloway and Andrew Pepper.
To begin with, in which literary tradition would you consider yourself belonging?
[Anthony Quinn] Although I write crime fiction I aspire, perhaps a little grandiosely, to writing within an older Irish tradition, a peasant literature that is about a fugitive, almost magical sense of place and belonging, and the crimes that are committed by dislocated people and societies, the same tradition say as JB Keane’s The Field, or the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.
Is there something like a rural school within Irish Noir? Continue reading