Headbanger by Hugo Hamilton

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Pat Coyne is a Dublin policeman passionately devoted to sorting out the world. His 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, with disastrous consequences.

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In his first novel since the bestselling memoir "The Speckled People", Hugo Hamilton has created a truly compelling story of lost identity and a remarkable reflection on the ambiguity of belonging.
Published March 31, 1997 by Secker & Warburg. 230 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And his wife, Carmel, has taken up art classes—anathema and affectation to plain-speaking Coyne, who thinks there’s too much art in the world already.

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Published now for the first time in the United States, this 1997 black comedy is the introductory volume in an ongoing series about Pat Coyne, an Irish cop burdened by both personal and professional problems, most of his own oafish making.

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