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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099483769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099483762
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A magnificant follow up to Little Criminals from the winner of the 2012 Gold Dagger Award. Frightening, violent, unputdownable.

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Garda Detective Inspector Harry Synnott sometimes ignores the niceties of Irish law when the evidence against a felon does not meet court standards, but he abhors the violence with which his fellow Gardai sometimes beat prisoners to get information. In clear prose which often contains bits of black humor and a great deal of irony, Irish author Gene Kerrigan sets the primary story of this police procedural in Dublin, and the secondary, companion story in Galway, until they overlap.

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.
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This is a fine example of irish crime writing .A good plot very entertaining read. I had not read any irish fiction for over 10 years.
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.
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an absorbing novel that grips the reader from the beginning. gives a great insight into modern day ireland. some crime novels go past the surface and reflect the city where they are set. george pelecanos has done this for wahington dc to great affect and now we have an irish version.read it
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I have read a few of Gene Kerrigan novels and haven't been disappointed by any of them. Set in modern day Dublin people say write what you know and I think he knows modern Dublin very well.

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.
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