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  1. Eoin McNamee is seldom an easy read and The Vogue is no exception. The novel opens with the discovery of a body in shifting sands in 2000, somewhere near a wartime aerodrome called Pirnmill. It isn't specified, but this seems to be somewhere in County Down in Northern Ireland. The place names that are given are fictitious. This is disconcerting: previous McNamee novels have been located very specifically in time and place, even if occasionally the geography goes a bit wrong. Previous novels have also focused on specific incidents - unsolved murders, the Princess Diana conspiracy, the Shankill
  2. A long time ago, Eoin McNamee wrote a novel called The Blue Tango about the true unsolved murder of a Judge Lance Curran's daughter Patricia in 1952. The novel did not offer up any answers, but did nudge readers in various directions. There wasn't anything at the time to indicate a trilogy in the making. We met Judge Curran again in McNamee's 2010 Orchid Blue. Here, he was presiding at the 1962 murder trial of Robert McGladdery, the last man to be hanged in Northern Ireland. It offered a greater insight into the life and mind of Lance Curran. Now, with Blue Is The Night, we find the two prev
  3. Orchid Blue is ostensibly a fictionalization of the Pearl Gamble murder and subsequent conviction of Robert McGladdery. It is based on a TV programme - The Last Man Hanging, broadcast in 2008. From the opening pages, McNamee tries to create a sense of the documentary; his tone is deadpan reportage looking back. In later chapters, he intersperses contemporaneous action with narrative commentary before bringing it together at the end with more reportage. McNamee even quotes Robert McCartney who apparently watched the trial from the public gallery. McNamee's thesis was that McGladdery was
  4. “We’ve got spooks and ghouls and freaks and fools at Rentaghost” And there are even more of them in 12:23. 12:23 tells the story of events in Paris leading up to the car crash that killed Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Paris is full of spooks, some working freelance, some working for the British, some for the French, and some working for powers unseen. McNamee evokes an atmosphere in which something is going to happen. An atmosphere in which Dodi and Diana are following a course of action that simply can’t be sustained; one that will inevitably lead to calamity before terribly much longer.
  5. Post Originally Made 22nd October 2006 This is a debut novel for Young Adults, from an accomplished Irish adult novellist. The novel stars Owen (a play on the pronunciation of Eoin, perhaps?), an ordinary boy from an ordinary town. One day, Owen witnesses - although he doesn't realise or understand it - the starting of the Puissance and his life changes. A whole community awakens from within the Old Workhouse, and a centuries old war is restarted between the Resistors and the Harsh. Soon it becomes apparent that time has been damaged, and this is an alternative reality. Owen has an
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