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The Convictions of John Delahunt Kindle Edition
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Dublin, 1841. On a cold December morning, a boy is enticed away from his mother and his throat savagely cut. This could be just one more small, sad death in a city riven by poverty, inequality and political unrest, but this killing causes a public outcry. For it appears the culprit – a feckless student named John Delahunt – is also an informant and in the pay of the authorities at Dublin Castle. And strangely, this young man seems neither to regret what he did nor fear his punishment. Indeed, as he awaits the hangman in his cell in Kilmainham Gaol, John Delahunt decides to tell his story in this, his final, deeply unsettling statement . . .
Set amidst Dublin’s taverns, tenements, courtrooms and alleyways and with a rich, Dickensian cast of characters – carousing students, unscrupulous lowlifes, dissectionists, phrenologists, blackmailers and the sinister agents of the Castle, The Convictions of John Delahunt is based on true events that convulsed Victorian Ireland.
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Beautifully observed, seductive and laced with dark humour, this is a gripping historical thriller about a man who betrays his family, his friends, his society and, ultimately, himself and marks the debut of an exciting and assured new literary voice.
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On a cold December morning, a boy is enticed away from his mother and his throat savagely cut. In a city riven by poverty and political unrest, this murder causes an outcry. For it seems the culprit – a feckless student named John Delahunt – is also an informant and in the pay of the spymasters at Dublin Castle. As he awaits the hangman, Delahunt decides to tell his story in this, his final, deeply unsettling statement . . . --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00EALI5SY
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (12 September 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3053 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,726,756 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins while John is in jail awaiting his execution. He is given an opportunity to write about his life and crimes. Through flashbacks, John reflects on his life and his crimes. Married and in love with Helen, a wealthy young woman whose family disowned her for marrying John. They live in poverty, where every day is an ordea. By chance, John becomes an informant and operative for the corrupt Dublin Castle, a semi-law enforcement agency with ruthless and evil tendencies, using extortion, and even murder to achieve their aspirations. As John becomes ever more dependent and involved in his machinations with Dublin Castle, he falls into a life of crime, and becomes a killer without remorse.
Although this is a very dark, sinister story about a violent and heartless killer, the character of John isn't completely hateful. His brutality is stark and ruthless, but sometimes he is a victim too, and there are moments when the reader will feel sympathy for the particular plight he finds himself in.
The story is not for the faint of heart, but for those who love being thrilled, gripped by an unputdownable book, and who loves reading about the dark side of life, then this is the book for them. This chilling novel is amazing and I loved every page. Simply fabulous.
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The complete story has been written in a most exceptional way, for it tells the story about Dublin and life in Ireland in general, and it captivates the reader from start to finish.
The book is set in Dublin mainly in the years AD 1841/42 and it tells the tale of a man called John Delahunt, and about his fortunes and misdeeds.
After several personal incidents, even killing an Italian man called Domenico and framing another man, Cooney, for the murder, this same John Delahunt kills a young boy in Dublin, or so it seems or that he's now being framed himself for the murder by Lyster, but while being an informer and thus being in the pay of the British authorities at Dublin Castle, he thinks he can get away with it again and so he does not fear any punishment at first.
What John Delahunt did not expect is the huge public outcry and which forces the British authorities to arrest and convict him for this horrible crime.
And so in the end John Delahunt decides to tell his tragic tale to all who want to hear, while waiting in his cell in Kilmainham Gaol for the hangman.
What follows is a dark and sinister story of a personal tragedy, of a man who has not only betrayed mostly himself but also his family, friends and society.
Very much recommended for this book is for certain a "Compelling and Stunning Debut"!
As other reviewers have stated, the central character was really quite unpleasant and self-centred. I must admit, this made a refreshing, if somewhat uncomfortable change, as it took me a while to get into accepting his shockingly, self-serving lifestyle and mainly conscience-free attitude. Saying that, he is fascinating and unnerving, and I couldn't wait to read more of his story.
I am thoroughly looking forward to reading more of Andrew Hughes's work. His attention to the subtle details of each character's movements in order to show their subconscious innermost feelings,and interesting facts of the 1800's make this novel based on true events, a book to really lose yourself in.
3.5, but I'm glad it has to show as 4 because the author is one to watch.