Pages: 434

 

THE ANGEL OF THE STREETLAMPS

 Sean Moncrieff

When Manda Ferguson falls out of an apartment window to her death, the story is on all the front pages. But then her death starts to have an effect on the living. Baz: the man accused of killing her has to decide whether or not to turn himself in. Maurice: the taxi driver who inadvertently helped Baz escape wrestles with whether he should meet out his own form of justice. Rachel: the failing election candidate who has to choose between giving up or speaking her mind. Michael: the priest who administered the last rites to Manda and who is finally forced to confront his true (dis)beliefs. Carol: Manda’s cousin. A tabloid reporter on the verge of losing her job who begins to discover some curious gaps in her memory… But the effect travels even further than these five intersecting stories when claims are made that Manda’s ‘spirit’ is appearing beneath lampposts. In an economically devastated Ireland, where people have lost faith in politics, in business or religion, each character strives to answer the question: when there’s nothing left to believe in, what can we believe?

Praise

 

There is mystery, death and love in The Angel of the Streetlamps; there are wolves and there are sheep. Seán Moncrieff presents us with a cacophony of genuine voices strutting their views on politics, religion and class wars. Moncrieff is a master of the vicious aside, the canny comment and the funny twist, and he brings insight and intelligence to this novel of a damaged, confused and all too recognisable 21st century Ireland.” —Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of Mother America

The writing is snappy and stylish, and his dialogue is spot-on.” —The Irish Examiner

It’s thoughtful and dark, even cynical, in its dissection of how a single crime reverberates throughout Irish society.” —The Irish Independent

A riveting read.” —Tatler

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