‘Where no kindness goes unpunished’: Declan Hughes’s Dublin
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Headrick reads Declan Hughes’s Ed Loy series in the hard-boiled tradition of Chandler and Hammett and considers the benefit of such a complex figure in digging through Ireland’s modern history. As the series opens, the Celtic Tiger is winding down and the property bubble is about to burst. When Loy returns to his hometown of Dublin after two decades in Los Angeles, he barely recognizes the city. On the surface, this Dublin is completely foreign to him, but faces from the past are roaming these shiny streets and reacquainting Loy with the city’s darker undercurrents and opening doors to examining the past.