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The Convictions of John Delahunt Paperback – 15 October 2014

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  • ASIN : 0552779415
  • Publisher : BLACK SWAN; 1st edition (15 October 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780552779418
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0552779418
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

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A quite exceptional novel . . . The world he creates has echoes of Kafka and Orwell . . . totally convincing. It draws you in like a trap. ― C. J. SANSOM, author of Dissolution and Winter in Madrid

Unputdownable . . . chillingly portrayed . . . a highly sophisticated first novel. ― CHARLES PALLISER, author of The Quincunx

Compelling and eerily authentic . . . Read it and be grateful to be alive in our day and age. ― ROBERT GODDARD

A dark, original story wrapped in a wonderful gothic gloom . . . it's a tough act to pull off, but Andrew Hughes manages it with brio. I heard echoes of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson. ― ANDREW TAYLOR, author of The American Boy and The Scent of Death

Reminiscent of John Banville's The Book of Evidence . . . a bracing, lurid tale that is as engrossing as it is chilling. -- Declan Burke ― IRISH INDEPENDENT

A vivid piece of writing . . . brings to mind Andrew Miller’s Costa-winning novel, Pure. ― IRISH TIMES

Extraordinarily detailed world, impeccably researched . . . so superbly written that it soars as a masterly work of fiction . . . utterly compelling. -- Dermot Bolger ― IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY

An intriguing debut (that) sets out Hughes as one to watch. ― SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND

A skilfully planned, elegantly written debut . . . a riveting read. ― SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

Stupendous: a brilliant achievement for a first novel, completely compelling and with a perfectly damaged central character. ― MANDA SCOTT

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Set in Dublin in the 1840s and based on the true story of the murder of a child, this dazzling literary debut - at once a historical novel and crime thriller - will appeal to fans of Andrew Taylor, Andrew Miller and Peter Ackroyd.

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Clemens A. Schoonderwoert
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Stunning Debut!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, am very impressed!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 June 2014
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Norman Housley
4.0 out of 5 stars Admirably dense, atmospheric book, shame about the narrator
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3.0 out of 5 stars The tale of a tell-tale
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