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Disorder

by Brennan, Gerard

“There was an emergency somewhere in Belfast. There always would be.” Detective Inspector Tommy Bridge, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has revenge on his mind. His first act of vengeance is the murder of a small-time thug, Vic Wallace, during a Belfast riot. Not exactly exemplary behaviour from a cop... And that was merely an appetiser.

At the same riot, Jimmy McAuley, a 20-year-old student, is assaulted and scarred for life. And Bridge gets into a fistfight with Clark Wallace, Vic Wallace's bigger, more dangerous cousin. Bridge is rescued by DS Patricia 'Dev' Devenney. The madness is caught on camera by investigative journalist, Grace Doran. In the wake of the riot, Clark Wallace vows to track down his cousin's killer. Mistakenly, he fixes on Jimmy McAuley as the most likely culprit. DI Bridge offers to protect Jimmy, but only because he thinks he can use him to further his own plans. 

Jimmy and Grace are head-hunted by Joe Soap, the CEO of a private security firm. Soap wants to win a contract through which his security agents can assist the police in the restoration of order at riots. 

Grace and Jimmy, following fifteen minutes of viral internet fame, are to be used as the poster boy and girl of this new venture. They're a perfect fit, until Grace starts digging for dirt… And while this plays out, a new flurry of riots rage on through the streets of Belfast… 

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Disorder reads like Adrian McKinty adapting one of Carl Hiaasen’s shaggy dog tales for a Northern Ireland setting, a coal-black comedy caper in which everyone seems to be feeding off the manic energy generated by the potential for violence that is stitched into every page.”

Reviews: The Irish Times

“Authentic street dialogue and surprising black humour”

Reviews: Adrian McKinty

“A unique voice in contemporary Irish fiction.”

Reviews: Stuart Neville

“A dark, disturbing and satiric look at the absurdity of politics, power and crime in present-day Belfast.”

Reviews: The Guardian Recommended Reads

“Gritty, compelling and original Belfast noir. And what an ending!”

Reviews: Liz Nugent

The Times Crime Club Selection. Selection Books Ireland Magazine, Summer 2018 

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