The Midnight Choir Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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"Fresh and radical" (Independent)
"Absorbing, beautifully written, gritty" (The Times)
"Kerrigan has always been one of this country's leading journalists. With this novel, he becomes one of its leading writers. The Midnight Choir is both riveting and disquieting" (Irish Times)
"The writing is fiercely unsentimental, the plotting complex and the characterisation pleasingly contrary ... [This] will stay with you for a long time" (Metro)
A magnificant follow up to Little Criminals from the winner of the 2012 Gold Dagger Award. Frightening, violent, unputdownable.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The Galway story seems simple enough: Two Gardai save a man threatening suicide from the roof of a pub, only to discover that the man's clothes are covered in blood. He will not tell his name, and the only statement he makes is an enigmatic, "I'd never hurt a woman before." When he is identified, detectives find that his only connections with Dublin are that he once worked for a Dublin security firm, and that his sister is a Dublin resident.
In Dublin, Harry Synnott, mired in police politics, is being shunned for having testified against his fellow officers in the beating of a prisoner. Synnott and Detective Garda Rose Cheney are investigating allegations of rape and abuse brought by a young woman against the son of a wealthy businessman who has top-notch lawyers. They are also trying to get help for Dixie Peyton, a poor junkie, sometimes an informer, who has robbed a tourist couple, using a syringe as a weapon. In a third thread, Joshua Boyce, a businessman with an indeterminate business, commits a robbery in which a man dies. The Irish mob enters the picture. As the details of these cases unfold and overlap during the space of one week, one of Synnott's old cases, the "Swanson Avenue" case, casts its long shadow and eventually raises serious questions about justice, responsibility, and guilt.Read more ›
I was familiar with the authors journalism and non-fiction work.This has made me to read more of the authors crime fiction work.
Looking forward already to reading them on my next summer holiday.
The style of writing is short and descriptive. I find his characters to be very real, no black and white the police are flawed and the criminals not all bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story which kept me interested.mentioned the area I grew up in Dublin which I can see is still not very salubrious....Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by madge123
I think someone said 'Kerrigan is the real deal' and I would not argue with that. Top flight character driven crime fiction.Published on 8 April 2013 by Johnsson29
Written by a veteran journalist, this excellent Irish police procedural hits all the right notes as it follows three cases over the course of a week. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2007 by A. Ross