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The Convictions of John Delahunt: A Novel
The Convictions of John Delahunt: A Novel | Andrew Hughes
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Beautifully observed, seductive, and laced with dark humor, a gripping historical thriller set in 1840s Dublin about a man who betrays his family, his friends, his society and, ultimately, himself. Dublin, 1841. On a cold December morning, a small boy is enticed away from his mother and his throat savagely cut. This could be just one more small, sad death in a city riven by poverty, inequality and political unrest, but this murder causes a public outcry. For it appears the culprit - a feckless student named John Delahunt - is also an informant in the pay of the authorities at Dublin Castle. And strangely, this young man seems neither to regret what he did, nor fear his punishment. Indeed, as he awaits the hangman in his cell in Kilmainham Gaol, John Delahunt decides to tell his story in this, his final, deeply unsettling statement... Based on true events that convulsed Victorian Ireland, The Convictions of John Delahunt is the tragic tale of a man who betrays his family, his friends, his society and, ultimately, himself. Set amidst Dublin's taverns, tenements, courtrooms, and alleyways and with a rich, Dickensian cast of characters, this enthralling, at times darkly humorous novel brilliantly evokes a time and a place, and introduces a remarkable new literary voice.
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Jess861
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Nothing better than a fictional crime novel set in 1841 Ireland for a good fall read. It is based on true events which makes it even more interesting. I wouldn't classify this as a mystery or a full out crime book as you pretty much know what is going on for the most part - but none the less I really enjoyed this book.

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Olivia306
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This will be my first bail of the year. One hundred pages in and I was already questioning myself as to why I continued reading this book. Maybe it has more to do with the character itself rather than with the writing but what‘s certain is that I can‘t waste my time with it when there are other wonderful stories waiting for me.