Crime Fiction and Contemporary Ireland

  • Brian Cliff
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


While the prevailing context for much Northern Irish crime fiction has been assumed to be the Troubles, the parallel in the Republic of Ireland has been the ‘Celtic Tiger,' the recent period of rapid economic growth. Although that boom does weave in and out of much contemporary crime fiction, this chapter also demonstrates the genre’s breadth and diversity. It does so with a focus on Gene Kerrigan’s novels, Alan Glynn’s trilogy, and Declan Hughes’s Ed Loy series, before concluding with an extended discussion of Tana French’s work, particularly her third novel, Faithful Place. Prominent thematic patterns discussed include corruption and the state, rapid social change, the blurred lines between organized crime and white collar crime, and uncertainty both economic and supernatural.


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  • Brian Cliff
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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