Top positive review
6 April 2018
This is an Irish crime story with one of those fast-moving plots with everything: corrupt senior officials, super-bad baddies, the kidnap of a beautiful, rich woman, a lonely young man who’s had a really hard life, a kind yet spirited nurse, a belligerent cop who goes nowhere without his hurley stick, and a mystery for the back story. What distinguishes this romping and unlikely tale is the humour: author Caimh McDonnell is very funny, often laugh out loud funny.
The set up is that young Paul has been left a house and five hundred euros a month provided he doesn’t get in trouble with the law and does six hours of charity work every week. He becomes very adept at cheap living rather than give his stipend up, although the intention was that he become a worthy citizen and get a job. Needless to say, he finds himself in a lot of strife. Nurse Conroy persuades him to visit a dying man. He doesn’t want to. He’s already racked up six hours. The dying man surprises everyone by sticking a flick knife in Paul’s shoulder. Then it’s on: a madcap race against serious villains and ahh... Could it be that a very senior person is in cahoots with the bad guys? Sometimes the mayhem and the humour are a little forced, but it’s a good fun read.