Eoin McNamee's wonderful novel is at once a gripping thriller and a danse macabre through a shadowy world of corruption and sexual intrigue.

‘At 2.20am in the morning of the 13th November 1952, the body of 19-year-old Patricia Curran was carried into the surgery belonging to the family doctor. At first Dr Kenneth Wilson thought she had been the victim of an accidental shooting. In fact a subsequent post-mortem revealed that she had been stabbed 37 times.’ Based on one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in recent history, McNamee’s novel offers a darkly lyric narrative of false accusation and savage murder in post-war Ireland.

The Booker Prize 2001
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Eoin McNamee

Eoin McNamee

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A Northern Irish-born novelist whose books centre on death – usually violent – set in Troubles-era Ulster. The Blue Tango concerns the real-life murder of a politician’s daughter.
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