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Orish-American Gangster whimsy,
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If you know the Artemis Fowl books, then you will probably already love Eoin Colfer's authorial voice - witty, tongue in cheek and downright funny at times. This is a more grown version!
If you dont know Arty then you should get acquainted with both them and this book! I read this quickly and I laughed out loud several times - really irritating to those unfortunates not able to read the book....!
Dan McEvoy is an ex Irish UN Peacekeeper who has been through "therapy", a rough childhood and "escaped" to America. The story is set in New Jersey - rather than the more obvious New York or Chicago and Colfer enjoys some sly digs at those cities, and the genre of the gangster novel. There are a raft of characters, most of whom are cracked and many of whom rapidly descend to wrong doing of one sort or another. In Dan - a balding, middle aged "hardman", with a number of anxieties and tenderness oozing from every pore, Colfer has another great character - complex, sympathetic and trained for most things! I hope we see more of him.
This is a great book to while away the hours, very enjoyable - even the encounter with the Rottweiler (one of my favourite moments!) and I will definitely not look at Lasagne in the same way... but I am trying hard not to reveal plot details - that involves, drugs, murder, corruption and mental illness... what more could one want!! I would definietly recommend this one. A great holiday read....
Mrs "Love all sorts of books, Eng Lit degree, but not just classics - SciFi, modern... just like good writing!"
Location: Potterton, United Kingdom
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