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The Rage (World Noir) Paperback – February 5, 2013
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*Starred Review* Welcome to Dublin, where the economy has tanked, and violence has surged. Vincent Naylor walks out of prison and right back into the same business that landed him there, armed robbery. Working with his dimmer brother, Noel, and some friends, they kidnap an armored truck driver to learn how the system works, setting up for their biggest score yet. Detective Sergeant Bob Tidey is working the murder of an investment banker and contemplating perjuring himself in an upcoming trial when he gets a tip from an old nun that a strange car has been parked on her street for some time. That car turns out to be the getaway car, and that phone call changes lives when two of the men involved in the robbery are killed in the street. Vincent takes off on a revenge spree, and Tidey can’t help but reexamine his own life. The sparse writing style seems well-matched to the content in this tense, thoughtful thriller, which won the UK’s Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year. Fans of Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes, and Declan Burke won’t want to miss this one. --Stacy Alesi
Praise for The Rage
"Gritty and compulsively readable."
—The Wall Street Journal
"Kerrigan's clean, spare style adapts smoothly to the striving characters who lend their many voices to this narrative. What's more striking, though, is the similarity of their aspirations and the familiarity of their discontents."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Tightly plotted...the story's pacing is masterly."
—The New Yorker
"Fans [of The Wire] can find many of the same strengths in Kerrigan's work."
—The New York Times
"A boundlessly readable portrait of an Ireland in which all the old certainties have vanished. Remarkable for its verve, moral trickiness, and nifty plotting."
—NPR Fresh Air
"For authenticity, narrative, plot, writing skill, the gritty noirish crime milieu setting, and the post-Celtic-Tiger-Ireland toxicity, Kerrigan's latest well deserves its CWA Gold Dagger Award."
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"With a dexterous use of language married to masterful plotting, Kerrigan has something of James Joyce's ability in conjuring up a vivid Dublin--but this modern city is very different than the one Leopold Bloom wandered through."
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My favorite part of the book was the heist plotline, which is packed with fascinating details (like GPS chips in shirt-collars). However, after it goes somewhat south, it all gets a bit messy in a somewhat predictable way. Similarly, the investigation into the murdered property developer leads to some very connected people who have the power to shut the investigation down once a semi-plausible culprit has been identified. D.S. Tidey faces the classic dilemma of disobeying his orders or walking away to fight crime another day. The social justice aspect of the book (crooked developers, and even the nun has a dark backstory) probably strays a touch over the line into being heavy-handed, but it's a well-crafted and well-told book stocked with fully-realized characters. Definitely worth reading if you like crime with a procedural bent, or have a particular interest in Ireland.
financial engineers and crooks, "The Rage" has a plot around which human frailties abound, regardless of good or bad intent. Gritty does not begin to do justice to this brilliant novel - a must-read for afficionados of the police thriller.
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