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Ls with criminals and about to commit perjury is investigating the murder of a crooked banker A call from an old acuaintance will change his course of investigation Maura Co Gene Kerrigan is one of Ireland s leading columnists and a keen observer and critic of Irish social and political life In The Rage he weaves together a whole series of astute observations regarding the financial crisis the property bust the Ryan Report and Church abuses and gangland crime The writing is superb with prose that is engaging and well paced credible dialogue and a range of nicely penned characters that feel like real people Kerrigan does a fine job at tugging and twisting the various strands together to produce a compelling narrative Whilst there are resolutions with respect to both the Sweetman and Naylor cases I like that Kerrigan has left them somewhat ambiguous and unsettling It fits with the whole unsettling feel of the book For anyone who lives in Ireland what is disconcerting is that reading the novel feels like seeing society reflected back as it is rather than simply reading a story Excellent stuff

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Vincent Naylor just released from jail resumes doing what he does best planning for an ard car robbery Bob Tidey an honest policeman discouraged by his colleagues making dea THE RAGE plunges the reader deep into the damaged psyche of a post boom Ireland It forces the reader into an uncomfortably close observation of Vincent Naylor a vicious petty thug Author Kerrigan also forces the reader into a close acuaintanceship with Vincent s violent criminal world There is his older brother Noel confederates like Liam Delaney who deals in illegal firearms an enforcer named Micky Kavanagh who once employed Vincent and Liam and Kavanagh s boss Frank Tucker to name just a few of these associates The sociology at first seems simple There is a permanent criminal underclass that deals in drugs extortion bribery and theft Drug addicts informants disloyal gang members and violent perpetrators are the most freuent murder victims However the economic collapse has changed all this The ranks of the jobless are now swollen with the working poor Unemployment poverty and homelessness have violated and unraveled the implicit authority structure The Catholic Church is still reeling from revelations of child abuse Wealthy speculators in collusion with the politicians have caused the collapse of the banking system James Snead grandfather of a young drug mule broods After the fight for freedom about throwing off the foreign yoke they gave the country away The politicians fell in love with the smart fellas gave them any law they wanted The smart fellas made speeches and gave interviews about how smart they were And in the end it was the smart fellas broke the country in pieces without any help at all from the red brigades p88Even the police labor beneath a cloud of complicity Snead reminds Detective Sergeant Tidey about the Garda s brutal strike breaking tactics in the 80 s The recent Donegal Scandal that included planting of fake evidence bullying witnesses and extortion is another bit of Garda legacy that people remember This is a society haunted by its history The litany of injustices have accumulated and are handed down through the generations like heirlooms Even Tidey s father once warned him you get the habit of bowing and scraping it becomes part of your nature Don t get the habit p86 Vincent Naylor s cynical pay back mentality mirrors the society s sense of betrayal on the part of its leadership The case at hand seems straight forward A millionaire is gunned down in his own home The millionaire was a shady real estate speculator and heavily leveraged financier named Sweetman The case only becomes interesting when ballistics reports one of the guns used in Sweetman s murder was also involved in the cold case murder of Snead s grandson Tidey investigated the Snead case but could never prove anything and it uickly sank into oblivion Now however with a link to the murder of a high profile millionaire a task force is uickly assembled and Tidey is assigned to the new case Kerrigan deftly switches between Tidey s murder investigation Naylor s current criminal enterprise and the observations of a retired nun another acuaintance from Tidey s past He does not delve deeply into the characters The narrative dwells instead on an intricate and suspenseful plot where justice assumes a highly subjective character Even Tidey pauses to weigh the pros and cons of committing perjury after witnessing a barroom brawl He d little appetite for hanging a conviction on a couple of drunken yobs who d had the bad luck to bump into a couple of coppers eually eager to spray testosterone over everything in sight On the other hand to give evidence that confirmed the amateurism of the two uniforms was the route to professional isolation In some circumstances it might be the right thing to do but he d no interest in sacrificing his career on the altar of justice for a couple of drunken fools p27 The pervasive moral ambiguity is both fresh and uncomfortable for the reader That sense of discomfort is accentuated by the freuent references to American popular culture It prevents the reader from distancing himself from the choices confronted by the characters from evading the conseuences of a society freighted with history in favor of an illusion that everyone is free to re invent himself On the other hand the demands of the plot at times interfered with the unflinching social commentary Short chapters with freuent scene shifts made the narrative feel choppy Including the murder victims there were over two dozen characters The diligent reader will feel as if he needs one of those whiteboards with photos and connecting strings as seen in so many TV police procedurals This was an interesting book but not one of my favorites

  • Paperback
  • 304
  • The Rage
  • Gene Kerrigan
  • English
  • 24 March 2019
  • 9781846552564

About the Author: Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan is an Irish journalist and novelist who grew up in Cabra in Dublin His works include political commentary on Ireland since the 1970s in such publications as Magill magazine and the Sunday Independent newspaper He has also written about Ireland for International Socialism magazine He was chosen as World Journalist of the Year in 1985 and 1990 and has written books including ficti



10 thoughts on “The Rage

  1. says:

    This is an excellent police procedural set in contemporary Ireland where the high flying Irish economy has collapsed into a heap leaving a trail of destruction and desperation in its wakeAs the book opens Detective Sergeant

  2. says:

    THE RAGE plunges the reader deep into the damaged psyche of a post boom Ireland It forces the reader into an un

  3. says:

    I'm going to Ireland in a few weeks so like any sensible fan of mysteries and thrillers I've been reading contemporary Iri

  4. says:

    SynopsisblurbWinner of the 2012 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel Vincent Naylor a professional thief is fresh out of jail His latest project an armed robbery is just days awayBob Tidey an honest h

  5. says:

    Gene Kerrigan is one of Ireland’s leading columnists and a keen observer and critic of Irish social and political life In The Rage h

  6. says:

    The fourth and thus far the last I believe of Gene Kerrigan's crime novels – it is a touch slower than the first three but still first rate If you like the genre Kerrigan should go to the very very top of your TBR list

  7. says:

    Another high uality Irish crime novel from the author Dark and gritty with completely realistic characters and situations and excellent plotting and pacing

  8. says:

    engaging and colorful Irish setting made it interesting

  9. says:

    A cop manipulates the system to stop an enraged killer neatly contrasted against post financial crisis Ireland where an upper class of bankers and politicos manipulate the system to keep down an enraged working class The robbery of

  10. says:

    I won a copy of The Rage by Gene Kerrigan through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest This is an excellent crime thriller with non stop action set in Dublin Ireland The Rage won the Crime Writers Association for Best Novel of the Year in 2012 This book was so well written it was a pleasure to readDetective SgtBob Tidey Cavendish Avenue is called in to investigate the murder of a crooked banker Emmet Sweetman who was assaul

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