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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532033
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunning novel. Here at last is the Irish Chandler. Naylor is a villain worthy of Elmore Leonard in his prime" (Ken Bruen)

"The Rage is a gripping thriller written with such authority and authenticity that it almost feels like documentary. If you love crime fiction, you owe it to yourself to read Gene Kerrigan" (Stuart Neville)

"Kerrigan's bruising depiction of Dublin's underbelly is wrought with hard-boiled lyricism" (Metro)

"Pacy...cuts close to the bone" (Irish Independent)

"Written in Kerrigan's trademark, sparse style, it rattles along the way all good crime fiction should" (The Irish Independent)

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Winner of the 2012 CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, this is a gripping thriller set in credit-crunch Dublin, from the master of hardboiled Irish noir.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 May 2012
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Gene Kerrigan is one of Ireland's leading columnists and a keen observer and critic of Irish social and political life. In The Rage he weaves together a whole series of astute observations regarding the financial crisis, the property bust, the Ryan Report and Church abuses, and gangland crime. The writing is superb, with prose that is engaging and well paced, credible dialogue and a range of nicely penned characters that feel like real people. Kerrigan does a fine job at tugging and twisting the various strands together to produce a compelling narrative. Whilst there are resolutions with respect to both the Sweetman and Naylor cases, I like that Kerrigan has left them somewhat ambiguous and unsettling. It fits with the whole unsettling feel of the book. For anyone who lives in Ireland what is disconcerting is that reading the novel feels like seeing society reflected back as it is, rather than simply reading a story. Excellent stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2011
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A Detective Sergeant who still shares a bed with his estranged wife, a professional thief with criminal friends, a dead body, and a septuagenarian nun. The corpse belongs to a crooked banker whose murder is being investigated by DS Bob Tidey, which brings him into contact, and gains knowledge of, sometimes fortuitously, with everyone else involved in Gene Kerrigan's fourth novel. And that's the main problem with `The Rage'; there are too many names mentioned. Many belong to villains that do the odd job for someone further up the ladder of crime and sometimes it's difficult to keep track of remembering who they are.

That some are involved in the side helping of the killing of the banker, and, as it turns out, an earlier murder, does not detract from the main course of the build-up and enactment of Vincent Naylor's frenzy when he hears his brother has been shot by the police - hence the book's title. Though the vernacular may not be to everyone's taste -and it obviously represents the people of the place - Kerrigan's description of Dublin through Tidey, Rose Cheney, his partner on this case at least, and the other characters paint a vivid picture of the city in economic decline.

As to the story itself, it does jump about a bit too much at times and one particular passage concerning the nun's past seems rather irrelevant. However, countering that is the sympathy you have with Naylor's brother when he realises the game is up. Crooked he may be, but the author conveys that, in his brief death throes, he realises how wasteful it has all been. As for the main villain, all you feel is hatred as he struts around as the big `I am', walking over people simply because they happen to be weaker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Slow Lorris on 19 Oct. 2012
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I wasn't going to bother reviewing this book. But I've just discovered it's won the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, which really surprises me. It's a perfectly decent piece of crime fiction - but no more than that. Pretty predictable and with an unremarkable cast of characters. There must surely be many better books recently published in this genre. 3 1/2 stars would be about right.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rosslock VINE VOICE on 29 July 2011
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This is an OK thriller. I think the reason why I say that is that I did read and finish it quickly, but found nothing really original about the story line or characters. There was no 'twist', it was all pretty obvious how the story was going to pan out. The characters were a bit two dimensional, no real originality here either.
So, although I finished it - normally a good sign - I now feel there was nothing memorable about this book.

It was OK. Thats about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By col2910 on 12 Mar. 2013
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Winner of the 2012 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel
Vincent Naylor, a professional thief, is fresh out of jail. His latest project, an armed robbery, is just days away.
Bob Tidey, an honest, hardworking policeman, dedicated to public service, is about to commit perjury.
Maura Coady, a retired nun living in a Dublin backstreet, is lost in bad memories and regrets. Then, she sees something that she can't ignore, and makes a phone call that will unleash a storm of violence.
As one of the reading challenges I have set for myself, I'm trying to read one book a month that has been a recipient of a major crime writing award. Kerrigan's The Rage won the 2012 CWA Gold Dagger and as it was a Christmas present from my better half just a few months ago it seemed as good a book as any to be reading right now. Familiarity with Kerrigan's previous work was an added incentive to crack the spine on this. I read Little Criminals a fair few years ago and more recently his Dark Times In The City; both of which were extremely enjoyable.
Dublin, post-Tiger crash is the setting for Kerrigan's Rage. It's a collision of forces in what is an increasingly fractured and secular society with a mix of career criminals, police, lawyers, nuns, violence, guns, murder, sex, alcohol, abuse, religion, guilt, damaged families and politics.
As well as providing a driving plot that unfolds quickly, Kerrigan has the ability to depict his characters convincingly. His main villain, Vincent Naylor had enough likeable traits of personality that I was conflicted as to how I wanted the book to conclude. Conversely, his good guys have failings and faults and are all the more believable because of it.
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