Reading Saturday, 17 September with Glenn Patterson @ 7.30pm
The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, Cork
Eoin McNamee was born in Kilkeel, Co Down in 1961. His novels include Resurrection Man, The Blue Tango and 12 23. His latest novel is Orchid Blue, based on the execution of Robert McGladdery for the murder of Pearl Gamble.
“It is this sense of how the defining moments come to be agreed – of how they are essentially defined by the ruling class – that illuminates Orchid Blue, so that what begins as a crime thriller gradually builds not only into a political novel of the highest order but also that rare phenomenon, a genuinely tragic work of art.”
-John Burnside The Guardian
“McNamee’s style is refreshingly taut and spare, full of active verbs. He does not describe what his energetic characters are doing. He just lets them do it.”
- The New York Times