We first met Ger Mayes in Ruby Barnes' excellent previous novel, PERIL, where he appears as an engaging, feckless psychopath, whose loose morals and poor judgment get him into nothing but trouble. In GETTING OUT OF DODGE, Ger emerges from prison after serving nine years for committing Ireland's biggest drug heist. However, only Ger and the Romanians who put him there know that he was a patsy rather than a major gangland godfather. And now, led by stupidity and his dick, Ger sets out to be a patsy again. Unless he has finally learned some wisdom.
Ger returns to Kilkenny, unwittingly buys the house formerly owned by a notorious child molester, hitches his fortunes to a local firm of gangsters, has sex with unsuitable women, launders the proceeds of a bank robbery, brushes with the trade in trafficked women, and encounters once more the extremely dangerous Romanians. Nothing we know about Ger guarantees a happy outcome - only some thrills and laughs on the way there.
This a cracking read, written with pace, humour and economy. It is marked by Ruby Barnes trademarks: artful use of language, sharp characterisation, wit and a wonderful sense of place. His realisation of Kilkenny is a tour de force that is weirdly convincing in turning a provincial Irish town into the capital of the Mob and exposing the dark side of modern Ireland. Very highly recommended.