'An astonishing display of assured, emotive, witty writing. Read it.' Independent on Sunday 'This is a very entertaining novel. It is also a generously humane one.' Sunday Times 'Ireland's most brilliant storyteller.' Sunday Independent 'Desperadoes is an intelligent thriller that attempts to explore the way in which children always remain a mystery to the people who raise them.' New Statesman
From the Back Cover
All alone, with his electric guitar and overactive ego for company, Eddie Virago, proud owner of the last mohican haircut in Dublin, leaves his hometown to find fame in the wild world of the London rock scene. A bewildering array of acid-house ravers, saloon-bar revolutionists, music biz wideboys and media primadonnas all seem oh-so anxious to help Eddie on his way..
"Eddie Virago is the best fictitious Irish immigrant to arrive over here since Edna O'Brien sent 'The Country Girls' to London over twenty-five years ago. With 'Cowboys and Indians', Joseph O'Connor emerges as the most immediate voice to come out of Ireland in years."
"This is an impressive debut: a good story, well told, great characters, with sardonic, very knowing digs at youthful pretension… clever, wry and often hilarious."
"Well-written, tremendously confident… O'Connor has managed the almost impossible: he has created a thoroughly unlikeable hero whom the reader, while detesting, actually worries about. An excellent debut."
"Very funny… full of sharp, tightly-focused realism… This is an immensely readable and entertaining book, full of truth about the world we live in, without a dull moment."
"'Cowboys and Indians' has characters that leap out at you like figures in a pop-up book. Joseph O'Connor's first novel suggests he's bound for fame."
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