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2020

2020

The Rage - Gene Kerrigan "The Rage" could be an Elmore Leonard story with Irish subtitles. The lingo and setting are pure Dublin and require a little getting used to, but Gene Kerrigan has the Irish knack for storytelling. Confusing early on thanks to the frequent introduction of ever more characters and a flow of the intertwined stories that was a bit jumpy, things gradually come together thanks to a little "off the clock" footwork, not entirely legal, of the persistent Detective Bob Tidey.

Detective Chief Superintendent Malachy Hogg sums up the case quite nicely:
"... how come a forty-two-year-old millionaire banker and property speculator, a man at the heart of the property bubble, a man who was murdered in the doorway of his Southside mansion, got shot dead with the same weapon that killed a minor mule on the Northside Dublin drug scene? It opens up a new line of inquiry -- in a case that already has more than enough."

Kerrigan then describes why the police (the Garda) prefer that the case would just go away:
"The police officer's ideal murder case isn't one that involves clues and alibis, obscure poisons and convoluted motives. The ideal murder is one in which the victim is known to have pissed someone off and when the police arrive that someone is standing over the body with a bloody axe in his hand. With a bit of luck, several people witnessed what happened and someone has already uploaded a thirty-second video of the killing onto YouTube. Anything much more complicated was a pain in the arse."

And a complicated pain in the arse is exactly what the police are faced with in "The Rage". Finally, the higher ups in the police department decide to just close the book on this one, under shady circumstances at that, but Detective Bob Tidey has different ideas and decides to see this through, at great risk to his safety and his career. With Tidey's diligent and dramatic work, we get a good ride to a satisfying conclusion.

Not great literature, but a fun read! Recommended.