Synopses & Reviews
A sophisticated crime story of contemporary Ireland, The Midnight Choirteems with moral dilemmas as Dublin emerges as a city of ambiguity: a newly scrubbed face hiding a criminal culture of terrible variety. Small-time criminals have become millionaire businessmen, the poor are still struggling to survive, and the police face a world where the old rules no longer apply. "Believe me, you want The Midnight Choir with you on holiday," says The Sunday Business Post. "This is the kind of book you pass on to someone you like, and say 'read this.'"
"The current Irish economic and real estate boom forms the backdrop for the assured second novel from Irish journalist Kerrigan (after Little Criminals). Any smalltime hood with an entrepreneurial bent and a workable scam can quickly work himself into the ranks of the millionaires produced by the boom, forcing police departments all over the country to scramble to keep up. In Dublin, Det. Insp. Harry Synnot, a man with an acute sense of morality and justice, is working a rape and a jewelry store robbery, manipulating his snitch, Dixie Peyton, and being groomed for a job in the Serious Crime Department of Europol. Meanwhile in Galway, policeman Joe Mills is investigating a mysterious double murder, probably committed by a man he's just rescued from a rooftop suicide attempt. While much of the fun is in puzzling out unfamiliar words like 'gurriers' and 'gaff,' it's Kerrigan's firm control of the procedural genre and the breathtaking twist he gives his plot that show him to be a master of the form." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"An absorbing, beautifully written tale." The Times (London)
A sophisticated crime story of contemporary Ireland, The Midnight Choir teems with moral dilemmas as Dublin emerges as a city of ambiguity: a newly scrubbed face hiding a criminal culture of terrible variety.
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.