Good Friday, 1977, Merthyr Tydfil. At twenty to midnight a dozen different forces converge - Macky, just out of jail; the gippos and their knives; the Shop Boys, fifty or sixty skinheads in fanatical pursuit of recreational violence; P. C. Phillips, the young copper with something to prove; Mohan Singh, proud owner of the Taj Mahal curry house. The result: mayhem. 'Race Riot Erupts in Valleys Town. Scores Injured.' And witness to it all, Davey Daunt, a spazzy with a leg brace, the only one who knows what really happened. Desmond Barry's highly acclaimed first novel The Chivalry of Crime was a brilliant evocation of the world of the ultimate outlaw, Jesse James. The outlaws in A Bloody Good Friday are closer to home but no less vividly brought to life.
Desmond Barry was born and brought up in Wales. He moved to the United States in the mid 1980s and now lives in Massachusetts and New Jersey. His first novel, The Chivalry of Crime, was voted Best First Novel of the Year by The Western Writers of America and is short listed for the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award.