no, don't give those good ol' boys too much time to think......no good will come of it! nothing will be gained by keeping them waiting either......best if they'd just kept their mouths shut! but we don't look for things to go well for the protagonists in patrick mccabe's books, not least the gathering of 'heartland' worthies awaiting the arrival of tony begley and 'sweety' the boning knife, for the two to take care of jody kane, the smoke and horses who caused the suicide of w.w. monroe, the saviour of glasson county. and all watched unseen from the pub rafters by kane's only friend, ray wade, the narrator of this twisted tale, who has no choice but to do so! the 'king of bog gothic' has come away with another grotesque and unique chiller, and is, for my money, the finest living irish writer. this book could be an irish country & western 'reservoir dogs',(or to suit the narrative 'dogies'), except even more screwed up! you know that the clumsy joviality, as shown by those in wait at the onset, isn't going to last, and things rapidly descend to unbearable levels of malice, the prose perfectly sharpening in step with this downward spiral in the relationships between those in 'mervyn's mountain bar'. and just why is mervyn so polite and accomodating? it's a tense, darkly funny (wee hughie munley is so funny, that he's not!) story set amongst the people that mccabe knows and writes about so brilliantly. it sometimes seems that there are many who don't 'get' patrick mccabe, but those who do, myself included, really get it and are bountifully rewarded with each new piece of work he produces! like this one!
I was wondering if the author had retired but no - he is back with another dark classic! It is a slow burner but it builds and builds and............as you would expect from McCabe - not a happy ending!!!!