23. Bad Day in BlackrockBad Day In Blackrock
by Kevin Power
My rating: 5 of 5 starsBad Day in Blackrock
tells the story of a young man kicked to death in a fight outside a Dublin nightclub. Power's narrator recounts these events and their aftermath from the viewpoints of the different players in the tragedy. Those involved in the fracas, their friends, the families of the victims and those of the accused all share the spotlight. Power is not judgmental; none of his characters are out-and-out villains, and few are blameless, either.
The book is a cold, hard look at privilege and the old school tie, and what happens when the people who have always benefited from that system find themselves facing the grim reality of the police, the law courts and social ostracism. It also explores the complex gradations of privileged society, where some are more equal than others, but few can really explain why.
This is a taut, beautifully-written crime novel where Power unfolds the details in his plot by examining his characters' actions, rather than having some kind of investigator character uncover it for us. A terrific read.View all my reviews