City of Bohane by Kevin Barry


Kevin Barry’s sprawling first novel is set in a gang-infested Ireland about 40 years from now when two tough men battle for the love of one woman.

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Forty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin’ that the city lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say Hartnett’s old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious, and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight. Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic novel cool, and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, beautiful, and startlingly new.