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Bogmail – Modern Irish Classic

Bogmail – Modern Irish Classic
  • Bogmail - Modern Irish Classic


A funny and stunningly well-told tale of murder in a small Irish village near Donegal, Patrick McGinley’s Bogmail deserves its place in New Island’s Modern Irish Classics series.

Set in a remote village in the west of Ireland, the action begins with a murder when Roarty, a publican and former priest, kills his bartender then buries his body in a bog. It’s not long before Roarty starts getting blackmail letters, and matters quickly spiral out of his control. Twisty, turny and enlivened with colour that echoes the landscape and surroundings, Bogmail was Patrick McGinley’s first novel, yet it remains just as fresh today as the day it first appeared.

Bogmail got the five-star treatment from Time magazine and The New York Times, and it was nominated for Best Novel in the 1981 Edgars. Reissued now in this completely revised edition by New Island Books, Bogmail is part of the prestigious Modern Irish Classics series.

Praise for Bogmail

‘This is not just a great crime novel but great work of literature…Bogmail is wonderful: lyrical, astute, with a psychological depth and philosophical/theological heft equal to Dostoyevsky or Greene…McGinley is a tremendous writer. He creates great characters, fully fleshed-out and believable. Their interactions with each other, and the murky depths of their inner lives, are thrilling and moving.’ – Irish Independent

‘a splendidly subdued black comedy that somehow manages to unroll pages of leisurely, allusive chat without mucking up the natural pacing of the suspense…So: a beguiling blend of psychological suspense and village comedy–with grand talk (on Marxism, movies, Irish vs. English Catholicism), evocative fishing and hunting, earthy sex scenes (Roarty dabbles with a beefy barmaid), and a stellar supporting cast of eccentrics. All in all, the most cheering crime/suspense debut in quite some time.’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘A rich and loving novel, Bogmail is full of wonder’ – New York Magazine

‘In his superb first novel, ”Bogmail,” Patrick McGinley wove a complex Irish plaid with strands of murder and blackmail, and as garrulous a crew of pub philosophers as you’ll find outside the works of the late Brendan Behan…the lyrical wit of Mr. McGinley’s writing makes one await avidly his Opus 3.’ – New York Times


Patrick McGinley


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Weight .271 g
Dimensions .198 x .129 x .16 mm


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