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  • Irregulars


The second Sean O’Keefe novel (following 2010’s Peeler) set in Dublin during the Irish Civil War as demobbed former RIC man, Sean O’Keefe, attempts to find a missing youth.

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Irregulars is astounding. Kevin McCarthy is doing for Irish history what Dennis Lehane is doing for the history of Boston. Wonderfully written, tense, provocative and oh so highly entertaining. Shaping up to be THE SERIES of accessible Irish history. Cries out to be filmed. – Ken Bruen

Dublin, 1922, as civil war sets brother against brother and Free State and Republican death squads stalk the streets and back lanes of Dublin, demobbed RIC-man, Sean O’Keefe, takes a break from life as a whiskey-soaked waster to search for the missing son of one of Monto’s most powerful brothel owners.

Hired to find the boy amid the tumult and terror of a country at war with itself O’Keefe soon finds that the story is not as simple as it first seemed and that the truth can be hard to pin down.

The second book in the O’Keefe series, Irregulars explores a fascinating and complex period of Irish history.


It doesnt matter if you dont have a strong interest in Irish history McCarthy writes such an involving, oft-times harsh story that lack of knowledge neither intrudes nor undermines they enjoyment. The contextual mood seems realistic for the times that are portrayed… No pretty pictures are painted and Irregulars is all the better for it. – The Sunday Times

Praise for Peeler:

A’…dark, brooding, morally complex masterpiece… – The Belfast Telegraph


Kevin McCarthy


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Weight .537 g
Dimensions 234 × 156 × 27 mm


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