Synopses & Reviews
From the author of The Midnight Choir
Justin and Angela Kennedy are doing fine. Better than fine — they have wealth, position, love, children, and a limitless future. Into their lives comes Frankie Crowe, an ambitious criminal tired of risking his life for small change. Together with a crew of singularly dangerous men, Frankie decides that a kidnapping could be the first step toward a better life. Set in modern Dublin, Little Criminalsis a story that bristles with tension and expectation, a story about what happens to the fragile things-friendship, love, compassion — when all rules are broken.
"The bumbling criminals in Irish journalist Kerrigan's second novel to be made available in the U.S. (after The Midnight Choir) will remind readers of the hapless losers who populate some of Elmore Leonard's books. Smalltime Irish hoodlum Frankie Crowe plans to kidnap Justin Kennedy, a wealthy, up-and-coming Dublin entrepreneur. But when Crowe finds out his intended victim is less flush than he'd believed, Crowe and his cohorts decide instead to abduct Kennedy's wife, Angela. The bulk of the book centers on the attempts of Crowe's crew to collect Angela's ransom and the efforts to foil them led by Crowe's bête noir, Det. Insp. John Grace. The framing device the recollections of an older man who's plotting revenge against Crowe for his role in an armed robbery of a pub proves more interesting than the main action. The author's fine ear for dialogue helps compensate for a less than compelling plot." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Set in modern Dublin, Little Criminals is a story that bristles with tension and expectation, a story about what happens to the fragile things — friendship, love, and compassion — when all rules are broken.
About the Author
Gene Kerrigan is a Dublin writer. He is the author of Another Country, This Great Little Nation (with Pat Brennan), Never Make a Promise You Can't Break: How to Succeed in Irish Politics, and the novel Little Criminals.