Being a crime novel set in Dublin, it is inevitable that drugs and gangland criminals make an appearance, as well as the IRA, and while those elements play a part in the plot, Parsons is more interested in psychological wounds and how those wounds motivate.
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By Niall McArdle
On September 26th, 1913, a man named Joseph Richardson was lynched by a mob in the town square in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He had been accused of assualting an eleven year old white girl. According to a newspaper report, “the little girl was on her way to school when she was attacked by the negro who was frightened away by approach of the neighbors.” This photo was printed on postcards and sold door-to-door. Subsequent investigation determined that Richardson was the local drunk; he had “merely stumbled into the child, and not even torn her dress.”
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In 1852 Dublin artist William Burke Kirwan was condemned to death for the murder of his wife, Maria. The case gripped the public’s attention no less than any other salacious crime. Kirwan had a mistress living in Sandymount, by whom he had seven children, and though public sentiment was against him at first, there were – and still are – doubts about his guilt.
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