Northern Ireland crime fiction: Shopping and sources
I remarked to my host for today's shopping that the vicissitudes of Irish history offered rich source material for Irish crime writers. I don't remember if he actually said, "Aye!" but he certainly agreed vigorously with the sentiment.
To illustrate my point, here's a passage from one of the day's purchases:
"Mick Quinn and Houston represented not only different wings of the IRA but also different eras. Mick struck out blindly at all things English, Houston only killed when it was to his personal advantage. Mick had joined the IRA at a time when people gave to the cause willingly; Houston came in late enough to regard those contributions as an enforceable right."Fair material there for dramatic conflict, I'd say. The book is Line of Flight, the author John McAllister.
The day's host was that first minister for Crime Fiction Gerard Brennan, keeper of Crime Scene NI, and a better guide to Irish crime fiction and where to shop for it is not to be had. Among our stops was Belfast's No Alibis bookshop, which, to judge from its Web site, offers much besides lots of Irish crime fiction.
And now, since there's more to travel than books, I'm off. Look for me on the Web cam at the Crown Liquor Saloon.
© Peter Rozovsky 2008