'What ghostly eyes chart our hesitancies in this beautiful unknowable Dantesque prison we call the world? David Butler's compelling mythic, metaphysical X-ray is beautifully written and ought to cement his already growing reputation.'
- Pat McCabe
Willy Regan, son and carer of his blind mother, Moll, is the questionable narrator of this tale of petty doing, coming of age and falls from grace. Freed from the drudgery of his humdrum life, following Moll’s death, Willy embarks on a new life filled with hope.
But three relationships drag him down, the first a criminal thug who used to bully him in school, the second a depressive man he saves from suicide and the third a polish poetess who uses her charms to convince him to partake in dodgy schemes. Willy is far from blameless, far from noble and his narration is not always trustworthy yet despite his actions and distractions he remains a character who values truth and attempts to do the right thing. Even if that leads down the path of disgrace.
A novel that makes the city a character and draws the reader into the slightly slimy world of the desperate and the huckster, City of Dis is a page turner that combines elements of noir and Dickens to create memorable characters, scenes and images that will remain with you long after you read the last page.
Praise for City of Dis
‘an atmospheric tale of jealousy, crime and moral corruption in cusp-of-millenium Dublin…Suffusing his narrative with Gothic gloom and an atmosphere of treachery, bullying and malaise, Butler strives to render Dublin in 1999 as just such an infernal realm.’ – The Sunday Times
‘A dark romp featuring delightfully crackling dialogue and the mental gymnastics of a protagonist so on edge he tries to silence a yowling cat with poison.’ – Kirkus Reviews
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