THE CONVICTIONS OF JOHN DELAHUNT

Written by Andrew Hughes

Review written by Laura Skippen

Laura Skippen is an obsessive reader and loves crime books, thrillers and history, preferably all three. All this reading (others might call it procrastination) means she has yet to get any of her own ideas on paper.


THE CONVICTIONS OF JOHN DELAHUNT
Doubleday Ireland
RRP: £12.99
Released: 13th March 2014
Trade Pbk

It is 1842 and John Delahunt is pondering his mortality, which is a rather more pressing matter for him than it is for most of us as he is soon to hang for the murder of a young boy, Thomas Maguire. Delahunt is the narrator for the novel and it is a testimony to some brilliant writing that despite the fact that he is a murderous sociopath you may find yourself unhappy at the thought of what awaits him.

In the opening scene the condemned man is visited by a phrenologist who tells him that whilst his criminality is clearly evident in the contours of his skull so too is the ability to resist it. This is the catalyst for the story as Delahunt winds his way back to where his decline begins. As a student, struggling to make ends meet after his family has fallen on hard times, he is visited by the sinister detective, Sibthorpe, after he witnesses an attack on a policeman. His willingness to bend the truth and co-operate with the police is noted and soon he finds himself acting as an informant to Dublin Castle, earning good money in the process.

Meanwhile his elopement with the eligible Helen results in her being disinherited and his disreputable employment is all that allows him to provide for his new bride. One of his few redeeming features is his affection for his wife, but the need to maintain her pushes him to betray everyone around him. Finally, fatally, he begins to commit the crimes he is being paid to help solve.

Andrew Hughes’ debut novel is based on a true story that shocked and fascinated Victorian Dublin. The city is a character in itself; from the dazzling surroundings of a debutantes’ ball in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, to the lowlife taverns and the miserable gaol which Delahunt will later call home. The author’s detailed research is vividly brought to life and the scenes of the everyday cruelty of rat baiting, public hangings and backstreet abortions are almost uncomfortable to read. The real star of course is Delahunt himself, a self-aware narrator who observes himself dispassionately and admits his own failings in a disarming, and occasionally humorous, manner. The story may be bleak and the tragic outcome is clear from the first page, yet it is still utterly compelling.

why wife cheated signs of unfaithful husband online affair
redirect husbands who cheat website
i need to cheat on my girlfriend go i cheated on my girlfriend and i want her back
i told my husband i cheated trailblz.com i want my husband to cheat
cialis coupons online read prescription savings cards
free prescription drug discount card nationalautocare.com cialis savings and coupons
voltaren dolo kenocs voltaren dolo kenocs voltaren ára
naprosyn 750 mg rileytech.net naprosyn jel nedir
ventolin prospecto open ventolini cali
aborted babies allianceproductions.com elective abortion
second trimester abortion cost of abortion pill abortions facts
vermox 100mg vermox cijena vermox 100mg
cost of abortion pill abraham.thesharpsystem.com medical abortion cost
post abortion pill abloomaccessories.com abortion pill procedures
amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat amoxicillin al 1000 amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat
pharmacy exam coupon code coupon for free rx coupons
medical abortion pill how much is the abortion pill abortion pill price
cheap abortion pill effects of abortion pill how much is an abortion pill
lilly cialis coupons discount coupon for cialis cialis coupon codes
cialis coupon 2015 prescription coupon card cialis online coupon
early abortion pill where to get an abortion pill abortion pill
abortion centers side effects of abortion pill consequences of abortion
prescription drug cards cialis free coupon free prescription cards discount
vivitrol injection where to buy naltrexone implant treatment for alcoholism
where can i buy low dose naltrexone read naltrexone uses


Home
Book Reviews
Features
Interviews
News
Columns
Authors
Competitions
Blog
Shop
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor

THIS WEBSITE IS © SHOTS COLLECTIVE. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE EDITOR.