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Even Flow Paperback – September 16, 2012

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"The book has plenty of charm and humour, and raises rousing points... Disdain for misogynist yuppies steams off the page; the prose hisses and spits about the horror and injustice of the sex trade... Like (Danny) Everard, you may not like everything here but you've got to admire its guts." Sunday Times

"The novel starts with a bang, with a man hanging from the top of a building. The story picks up speed as the men crash a party to save a pair of prostitutes - and that's just the first chapter... Dark but well-humoured, with a pace that will quicken your heart-rate with each chapter." Huffington Post

"McManus's book has some clever moments and the conceit is engaging...poses some interesting philosophical questions... There's plenty of promise and it'll be interesting to see what he produces later." Sunday Business Post

"A great novel which makes the reader empathise with the enigmatic 3W gang...well-written and endearing. The plot is well-executed and illuminates all sides of the argument... Even Flow is a good story, and has an original execution that makes it worth the price of purchase." So So Gay magazine

"The dramatic opening scene sets the tone for a provocative thriller. Mixing influences as diverse as Don De Lillo, A Clockwork Orange and Pearl Jam into a cinematic stew, Even Flow centres on the 3W Gang's unconventional tactics to promote tolerance...marked by filmic descriptions." irishcentral.com

About the Author

Darragh McManus is an author, journalist, playwright and screenwriter. His first book, GAA Confidential, was published by Hodder. He also published a comic novel, Cold! Steel! Justice!!!, as an e-book under the name Alexander O'Hara. For more than a decade he has written reviews, features and opinion columns for several papers, including The Irish Independent, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Even Flow is his first crime novel. His second, The Polka Dot Girl, will also be published by Roundfire. Several of his short stories have appeared in literary journals, in Ireland and the US. His first play is being read by several theatre companies, and a collection of stories is being adapted for a feature by a young film director. He is currently working on a Young Adult novel inspired by Irish mythology and finishing his second play. He lives in the west of Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Roundfire Books; Reprint edition (September 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780991312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780991313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,443,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darragh McManus is an author, journalist, playwright and screenwriter. SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH is his first Young Adult book, but he has previously published two adult crime novels: EVEN FLOW (2012) and noir-style mystery THE POLKA DOT GIRL (2013). For more than a decade Darragh has written reviews, features and opinion columns for several papers, including The Irish Independent, Sunday Times and Guardian. Several short stories have appeared in literary journals, across Ireland, the UK and US, and he's also written a play, which will be recorded for radio broadcast this year. Darragh lives in the west of Ireland and is currently working on some new YA stories. Follow Darragh at darraghmcmanus.com or on Twitter: @McManusDarragh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By plane on October 8, 2012
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Mr McManus has been writing successfully for several years doing plays, screen writing, and opinion pieces for several newspapers in the U.K. Even Flow is his first crime novel and comes across as a very well thought out and tightly woven novel. The basics of the plot involve three friends that band together as vigilantes to punish those in society that they decide are gay bashers, mistreaters of women and other miscreants that they deem require punishment and public scorn. Their motivations and the psychology behind their actions are well delineated in the course of the book and initially come across as something that may need to be done in the absence of regular law enforcement. The shifting of their thinking towards god complexes forms a basic portion of the book. It would seem that the Machiavellian concept of absolute power tending to corrupt absolutely becomes the end result as the three kidnap and "punish" people they deem as needing that punishment and finally end up doing murder.
Opposed to them is a gay detective: Danny Everard, who while doing his duty in hunting the trio finds that his feelings towards them are mixed probably due to his position as a gay person in a straight world. The ending is completely in keeping with the shifting concepts presented in the course of the book, and the two characters of Danny Everard and the leading personage in the vigilante group are very well fleshed out. Their motivations become quite clear to the reader who will finish the book anxiously looking forward to Mr McManus' next book.
Impossible to put down until finished and well worth the read.
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This book sounds conventional enough; vigilante gang of ordinary men making the bad guys pay for their behaviour, but the truth is that this book is a startling reinvention of the genre of thriller writing. Evocatively cinematic from the outset, it chugs along like a movie. For a short book the characters are remarkably vivid, and this is even more striking when you consider that these are characters we don't see everyday - a homosexual homicide detective, a vigilante gang embarking on a campaign of fear in order to change the world thinks, the same violent vigilante gang sickened by the level of violence they themselves are capable of. The book is intelligent, quirky & thought-provoking, and also has a series of insightful quotations for popular culture and books, such as this one "Protest is when I say: this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure that what doesn't please me occurs no more". Is it a purely a mans book? I don't think so even though the characters are predominantly male, they are quite diverse and I think their is something for everyone in this book. One can only hope there this novel becomes the movie it is destined to be, and that the author develops some of these characters into their own franchise. MORE PLEASE :)
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