Danny Callaghan is just out of jail and enjoying a quiet drink in a Dublin pub when two men walk in with guns. On impulse, he intervenes to rescue the intended victim, petty criminal Walter Bennett, and finds himself dragged into Dublin's murky underworld. As the police grope for answers and Danny struggles to protect those he loves, the rising tensions between the gangs threaten to erupt into a bloody showdown.
Dark Times in the City portrays a society stumbling from prosperity to uncertainty - where cocaine and easy money have fuelled a ruthless gang culture and a man's impulsive decency may cost him the lives of those who matter most.
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Cruelly authentic... a very fine crime novel - Sunday Independent (Ireland)
The writing in Dark Times is urgent and uncluttered, the plotting taut...Kerrigan's real coup lies in his assured portrayal of Danny Callaghan, a man with a chequered history but more than a flicker of humanity - Metro
Muscular writing, a smart line in self-deprecating humour, terrific dialogue and an engrossing portrayal of the sights and sounds of Dublin noir - The Times
Gene Kerrigan is a great writer - Roddy Doyle
Exhilarating... Pacy, suspenseful... Opens with a bang - Sunday Times
His style is taught and his dialogue pings and fizzes. I just have one question. When's the next instalment due? - Irish Times
Gene Kerrigan's writing is magnificent. It's graceful, tough, hardboiled and tender, razor-sharp and gritty as it is lyrical and truthful -
Veteran journalist Gene Kerrigan is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, The Rage, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year - an award previously won by authors including Belinda Bauer, Peter Temple, Michael Dibdin and Ian Rankin.