A witty, captivating novel of greed and hubris set amid the Celtic Tiger and its ignominious downfall, by a writer who, Barbara Kingsolver has said, “packs a stunning worldly wisdom into her beautiful prose.”
The Devil I Know
978-0-8021-2237-7 • $16.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2014
“Dark, funny and wonderful: The Devil I Know is a shot through the heart of the Irish boom.” Anne Enright, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Gathering
Claire Kilroy is a prodigious, award-winning young talent in Irish fiction, whose fresh, authoritative voice has garnered enthusiastic praise. In The Devil I Know, she delivers a delicious novel, a cautionary tale of financial excess set during the Irish property bubble.
Tristram St. Lawrence has not been home for yearsever since he missed his mother’s deathbed in favor of going on a bender, the thirteenth Earl of Howth is not welcome in the family castle. Now sober, he lives an itinerant life in self-imposed exile, and his main confidant is his sponsor, a mysterious businessman who Tristram knows only as M. Deauville.
One day, when his plane is unexpectedly diverted to Dublin, Tristram ends up where he started, and an old acquaintance, a bully from his school days who’s now making a name in construction, pitches to Tristram an ambitious and expensive development project. The trouble is, M. Deauville thinks it’s a good idea, and before Tristram knows it he’s settled in Howth under his father’s baleful gaze and is up to his neck in funding proposals, zoning approvals, and the personal life of his business partner.
A wry and timely skewering of a country, a man, and an entire international financial system descended into madness, The Devil I Know establishes Claire Kilroy as a vigorous and wonderful new talent.