Pat Coyne is a Dublin policeman who is passionately devoted to sorting out the world and its problems. For Coynne, such things as cars, crime, pollution and golf are all ominous signs of a distegrating society. The world is committing suicide, with MTV droning in the background. Coyne's principal mission is to deal with crime, Ireland's biggest growth industry. Though only a cop on the beat, he decides to take on the notorious gang leader, Drummer Cunningham. When a murder investigation leaves detectives clueless, he enters into a personal feud with the underworld, resulting in disasterous consequences for himself and his family. Coyne is a Dublin Dirty Harry for whom everything begins to go wrong. . . . .
Hugo Hamilton is the acclaimed author of five novels and one collection of short stories, all of which reflect on the increasingly compelling issues of cultural divisions, belonging and identity. Hugo Hamilton lives in Dublin.