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Gene Kerrigan

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Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan is a Dublin writer. He has been a journalist for over thirty years, Journalist of the Year in 1985 and 1990, and 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.

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Gene Kerrigan’s, THE RAGE, has been shortlisted for this year's The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award. This prestigious award is bestowed annually upon the best crime novel of the...

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  • — Feb 20 2014
  • The Irish novelist John McGahern once remarked that his country stayed a 19th-century society for so long that it nearly missed the 20th century. But in the mid-1990s, Ireland's economy took off, turning the country from a poor backwater into a so-called Celtic Tiger with fancy...
    — Feb 6 2014
  • This import from crime novelist Gene Kerrigan is an offbeat thriller set in the Dublin underworld. Danny Callaghan has just been released from prison and is rebuilding his life when a gangster threatens to draw him into the high-risk, deadly world of rival organized criminals.
    — Jan 26 2014
  • — Dec 16 2013
  • Following The Rage (one of Booklist’s top 10 crime novels of 2013), Kerrigan delivers another spare, cut-to-the-bone noir in which a well-meaning ex-con finds himself trapped in the vice of circumstance. Danny Callaghan is having a beer in a Dublin pub when two armed men barge...
    — Nov 13 2013
  • In his fourth dark crime novel to be published by Europa Editions, Irish author Gene Kerrigan continues his string of successful mysteries depicting the hopelessness among those in contemporary Dublin whose chances to escape their dreary lives vanished when the Irish economic...
    — Nov 11 2013
  • It’s not James Joyce’s Dublin anymore. That’s what I was thinking the first time I read a Gene Kerrigan crime novel set in contemporary Ireland. And my assessment has been doubly confirmed after reading Kerrigan’s latest, “Dark Times in the City.’’ As the novel...
    — Nov 5 2013
  • One moment, Dublin ex-con Danny Callaghan is minding his own business; the next, he's back in the cross hairs of both cops and criminals. Recently released from prison after a nine-year stretch for manslaughter, Danny, 32, is grimly determined to stay out of trouble. But...
    — Nov 1 2013
  • After hearing a couple of friends rave about the crime novels of Irish author Gene Kerrigan, I knew I’d have to read one sooner or later, and this brings me to Dark Times in the City, a gritty crime novel that explores the difficulties of remaining neutral in a corrupt damaged...
    — Oct 12 2013
  • U.S. readers will welcome this outstanding crime novel, a 2009 Gold Dagger Award finalist, from Irish author Kerrigan (The Rage). Danny Callaghan, out of prison for seven months after serving eight years of a 12-year sentence for manslaughter, has kept clean since his release,...
    — Sep 23 2013
  • Danny Callaghan has only been out of prison for a few months, when one evening in a bar two men enter with guns. At first Danny thinks they are after him, then an ex con he knew in stir begs him for help, and he interrupts the gunmen, allowing their target to escape. He doesn’t...
    — Sep 8 2013
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    — Jun 4 2013
  • If you like hard-boiled Irish thrillers in the Ken Bruen mold, and you don’t know about Kerrigan, you’re at least two Guinnesses behind. This tense, thoughtful thriller about an armored-car robbery gets into the heads of both the robber and the Dublin copper who tracks...
    — May 1 2013
  •   This is a perfect novel. It won the British Crime Writers Association's 2012 Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. And well it should. Irish journalist Gene Kerrigan's fourth crime novel is beautifully constructed, with sharp and...
    — Apr 12 2013
  • If you happen to be a fan of crime fiction, you simply must read THE RAGE by Gene Kerrigan. I say that because for various reasons that aren’t really pertinent here, this fine novel and wonderful author might get past you. There are many worthy books and relatively little...
    — Apr 12 2013
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    — Apr 8 2013
  • Is your car engine-driven, or is it wheel- and tire-driven? Or maybe you have one of those transmission-driven models. That's all pretty stupid, isn't it? But that's how I feel when I read about "character-driven" or "plot-driven" popular fiction, as if one is possible...
    — Mar 14 2013
  • Welcome to anther edition of In The Spotlight. While Irish crime fiction has been around for a long time, there’s been a recent surge of interest in, especially, Irish noir. To get a sense of the kind of work coming from some of today’s Irish noir authors, let’s take...
    — Mar 11 2013
  • I've been thumbing through cookbooks lately and doing a lot of baking. Maybe that's why reading Gene Kerrigan's THE RAGE reminded me of following an Irish recipe for a beautifully concocted explosion. First, read the recipe's preface: "The law was something...
    — Mar 1 2013
  • Gene Kerrigan’s post-crash Dublin is a place where bankers and drug dealers are held in similar esteem. In this crime novel, his fourth, Vincent Naylor has been released from jail. For now. He begins putting together a crew, including his older brother, Noel, for a big...
    — Feb 27 2013

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