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»Lurking on its own sui generis side-street, City of Bohane bears an oblique relation to a recent crime wave in Irish fiction, the practitioners of which have made statements of craft collected in the invaluable 2010 anthology Down These Green Streets. The best-selling detective novels of Tana French, Ken Bruen, and John Connolly constitute the first major new school of Irish fiction to emerge in the 21st century. There are various reasons for this surge in Irish crime lit: Detective fiction provides useful fantasies of justice and disclosure in an Ireland that spent the turn of the millennium bailing out its corporate criminals and uncovering the violent history of its clergy.«

Greg Londe

Greg Londe with an elaborately review of City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. Read more at The Los Angeles Review of Books.

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