James Joyce, and Steampunk? Circus? Vaudeville? and the squiffy liffey, and worse?
‘This is an Irish novel that is afraid of nothing, least of all of being thought of as an Irish novel.’
Duffy is a smart and determined Catholic in a police force that is overwhelming Protestant; and he resides and survives in a Protestant estate because he has a ‘good relationship’ with the leader of the para militaries who run that estate.
That Sean Duffy, McKinty’s main character, is a Catholic means that his Northern Irish police superiors are unsure of him and that he is as much an outsider on the Gerry Adams side of his society as on the Ian Paisley side.
The world of the Travellers
Ok, give me two I should read,
You get to love too his elegant turn of phrase, understatement providing more eloquence than a rattle of words.
For a lover of dogs, this will be an irresistible read.
I don’t expect to read much better for a long time.
Indeed the book could be read as a salutary account of a dysfunctional family inside a happy marriage.