A riveting page-turner thriller set among Dublin underworld - shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger
Danny Callaghan is having a quiet drink in a Dublin pub when two men with guns walk in. They're here to take care of a minor problem - petty criminal Walter Bennett. On impulse, Callaghan intervenes to save Walter's life. Soon, his own survival is in question. With a troubled past and an uncertain future, Danny finds himself drawn into a vicious scheme of revenge.
Dark Times in the City depicts an edgy city where affluence and cocaine fuel a ruthless gang culture, and a man's fleeting impulse may cost the lives of those who matter most to him. Kerrigan's new novel is his finest yet; gripping from start to finish, powerful, original and impossible to put down.
“Gene Kerrigan's writing is magnificent. It's graceful, tough, hardboiled and tender, razor-sharp and gritty as it is lyrical and truthful”
“The writing in Dark Times is urgent and uncluttered, the plotting taut and the depiction of post-Celtic Tiger Dublin...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”
Daragh Reddin, Metro
“[...] muscular writing, a smart line in self-deprecating humour, terrific dialogue and an engrossing portrayal of the sights and sounds of Dublin Noir.”
Mo Hayder, The Times
“His style is taught and his dialogue pings and fizzes. I just have one question. When's the next instalment due?”
“Gene Kerrigan is a great writer”