“Little Deaths” (Hachette Books), by Emma Flint
“Little Deaths,” Emma Flint’s mesmerizing debut, works well as a look at misogyny, gossip, morals and the rush to judge others when a child goes missing.
The novel opens with Ruth Malone in prison, convicted of killing her two children, Frankie, almost 6 years old, and Cindy, age 4. Ruth was the immediate suspect — single mothers were an anomaly in 1965, especially those who work as a cocktail waitress.
Most neighbors in her working-class area of Queens, New York, shunned Ruth for defying convention by leaving her seemingly hard-working, faithful husband, Frank. The police, especially Sgt. Charlie Devlin, are even more dubious about Ruth when they find her trash overflowing with empty liquor bottles, a suitcase full of letters from men, many of them married, and provocative clothing strewn around her apartment. That she’s out drinking and dancing days after the deaths
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Irish crime fiction has exploded into a literary phenomenon in recent times. Declan Burke selects the best examples of how the genre has developed through the years.
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Written at a time when it was neither profitable nor popular to poke fun at paramilitaries, Colin Bateman’s debut featured journalist Dan Starkey, an amateur sleuth investigating the murder of a student and the kidnapping of his estranged wife, Patricia.
A seamless blend of hardboiled noir and hilarious one-liners, Dan Starkey was Raymond Chandler’s immortal private eye Philip Marlowe reincarnated on the mean streets of Belfast.
A courageous, ground-breaking novel, Divorcing Jack won the Betty Trask Prize and kick-started the phenomenon of Irish crime fiction.
Read more at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/books/10-irish-crime-fiction-novels-you-didnt-know-you-needed-in-your-life-438369.html