Strikingly sharp and thrillingly violent, Little Criminals is the celebrated debut of the doyen of Dublin crime and winner of the Gold Dagger 2012.
Veteran journalist Gene Kerrigan is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, The Rage, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year - an award previously won by authors including Belinda Bauer, Peter Temple, Michael Dibdin and Ian Rankin.
The bumbling criminals in Irish journalist Kerrigan's second novel to be made available in the U.S. (after The Midnight Choir) will remind readers of the hapless losers who populate some of Elmore Leonard's books. Smalltime Irish hoodlum Frankie Crowe plans to kidnap Justin Kennedy, a wealthy, up-and-coming Dublin entrepreneur. But when Crowe finds out his intended victim is less flush than he'd believed, Crowe and his cohorts decide instead to abduct Kennedy's wife, Angela. The bulk of the book centers on the attempts of Crowe's crew to collect Angela's ransom and the efforts to foil them led by Crowe's bate noir, Det. Insp. John Grace. The framing device--the recollections of an older man who's plotting revenge against Crowe for his role in an armed robbery of a pub--proves more interesting than the main action. The author's fine ear for dialogue helps compensate for a less than compelling plot. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
A savage x-ray picture of contemporary Ireland... beautifully
etched characters * Guardian *
this is a terrific novel, tense and exciting. I spun through it quicker than it takes to tell * Independent on Sunday *
A great writer, a great story, relentless and brilliant -- Roddy Doyle
He writes with a light touch that makes his darker final chapters all the more disturbing * Daily Telegraph *