Recommended Reads: THE QUIET MAN & ANGELS IN THE MOONLIGHT BY CAIMH MCDONNELl

Angels In The Moonlight is a the third in Caimh McDonnell‘s Dublin Trilogy, which actually consists of five books. Oh, and it’s a prequel too, so pick the bones out of that one!

If you’ve read the first two of the Dublin Trilogy (  A Man With One of Those Faces (2016) & The Day That Never Comes (2017)), you’ll have no-doubt become enamoured with the books’ rambunctious anti-hero Bunny McGarry.

Angels In The Moonlight takes place in 1999 and gives us a fair bit of Bunny’s backstory, as well as introducing us to a group of maverick nuns who feature strongly the later books, including The Quiet Man, where Bunny manages to get himself locked up in the slammer stateside.

Both books are fantastically funny and fast-paced.

Angels in the Moonlight in particular manages to smoothly blend absurdist humour, social realism and fast-moving crime thriller action. Its gripping, hilarious and touching, too. In The Quiet Man, Bunny & The Sisters – not a ’70s Hanna-Barbera cartoon- are back, and are just as good company as ever. Both novels are a joy. Fantastic stuff!

THIS/THAT/ & THE OTHER: OCTOBER 2021

And so it came to pass … I’ve pretty much given up proper blogging: reviews, interviews, etc. Mainly because I find it quite hard work, and I’m more than somewhat idle. I recently started a Substack site, mainly to repost flash fiction, but I lost interest soon enough.

So, I thought I’d try to post a monthly round-up of some of the entertainments I’ve enjoyed of late. No reviews or star ratings or any of that. There will be some things I’ve overlooked, of course, and I’ll try to catch up with them at a later date. Time is a concept created by the bourgeoise to oppress the proletariat, after all.

Anyway, here are a few of my favourite things Octoberwise, click on the links if you fancy!

THIS / THAT / & THE OTHER : OCTOBER 2021

BOOKS:

THE QUIET MAN BY CAIMH MCDONNELL

ANGELS IN THE MOONLIGHT BY CAIMH MCDONNELL

UNDER COLOR OF LAW BY AARON PHILIP CLARK

I DREAMED I WAS A VERY CLEAN TRAMP BY RICHARD HELL

DEAD GROUND BY M. W. CRAVEN

FILMS:

THE GUILTY

OPERATION HYACINTH

ROCKETMAN

THE GOOD LIAR

NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE

TV:

MAN DOWN

DON’T F**CK WITH CATS

THE MIRE 87 AND 97

GOOD GIRLS

MUSIC:

HAPPIER THAN EVER- BILLIE EILISH

DARK MATTERS – THE STRANGLERS

METROBOLIST – DAVID BOWIE

WELCOME 2 AMERICA – PRINCE

SPANISH MODEL  – ELVIS COSTELLO

Recommended Read: The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell

The Day That Never ComesEx-police detective Bunny McGarry is missing and his friend –  would-be private detective Paul Mulchrone – sets off to track him down. Meanwhile, a terrorist group appears to be killing Dublin’s fat cat property developers.  These and other story strands are soon entagled in Caimh McDonnell’s The Day That Never Comes – the second part of his four part ‘Dublin Trilogy.’ And like McDonnell’s debut novel – A Man With One Of Those Faces –  it is a cracking blend of  quick humour and fast-paced crime thriller. The Day That Never Comes is choc-full of great characters and sharp satire, and is marvelous fun.

FIVE CRIME FICTION FAVOURITES FROM 2017.

From my decidedly faulty memory, I’ve picked 5 crime fiction books, films and TV shows that I enjoyed in 2017. There were others, of course, and plenty of pleasures outside the genre too – The Love Witch, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and Damnation, for example.

Anyway, here you go:

small crimes

FILM

DOG EAT DOG

I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE

SMALL CRIMES

BABY DRIVER

WIND RIVER

better-call-saul

TV

BETTER CALL SAUL 

HAP AND LEONARD

TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

FARGO

THE PUNISHER

eye for an eyeBOOKS

FATBOY – PAUL HEATLEY

EYE FOR AN EYE – PAUL HEATLEY

A MAN WITH ONE OF THOSE FACES – CAIMH MCDONNELL

VICIOUS DOGS – HENRY BROCK

A BRUTAL BUNCH OF HEARTBROKEN SAPS – NICK KOLAKOWSKI

Recommended Reads: April 2017

Some recent faves …

The Things I Love Will Kill Me Yet by Rob Piercethe things i love

Rob Pierce is surely the noir Raymond Carver. In this brutal and brilliant short story collection you’ll find a veritable cornucopia of tightly written and gritty tales of people living on the razor’s edge of life.

Highly recommended.

Fun City Punch by James Newman fun city punch

James Newman’s latest spin on the private eye novel is a potent piece of futuristic noir. Fun City Punch is winding and twisting tale that vividly blends Beat poetry and pulp prose to create something quite special.

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

a man with one of those facesFast-moving and hilarious, McDonnell’s knockabout crime caper is a joy from start to finish. Great characters, fantastic dialogue and full of twists and tuns, I bloody loved it.

A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps by Nick Kolakowski a brutal bunch of heartbroken saps

Kolakowski follows up his cracking debut short story collection with a full-on slice of hard-boiled pulp fiction. Blackly comic, violent and jam-packed with richly drawn characters, A Brutal Bunch Of Heartbroken Saps  is a hell of a read.