The first time somebody tried to kill him it was an accident.
The second time was deliberate.
Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together, they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history…
…or else they’ll be history.
A Man With One Of Those Faces is the debut novel by Caimh McDonnell, a stand up comedian. I was curious as to how a comic would create a crime novel and the answer is…uniquely and brilliantly!
Almost killed by accident then pursued by a notorious gangland criminal in a case of mistaken identity, Paul Mulchrone, the central character, has to be the unluckiest man alive! Along with Brigit Conroy, a nurse with a penchant for crime novels and Bunny McGarry, an over-zealous, not ‘always-by-the-book’ copper Paul must solve an historical, notorious crime in order not to be killed.
A Man With One Of Those Faces is not, however, your average crime novel. It comes with a wicked sense of Irish humour that has you laughing out loud whilst also keeping you gripped to the crime aspect of the story. I was immediately drawn into the first chapter and compelled to keep reading due to the perfect combination of wit and mystery. Used to crime and thrillers novels that are serious in tone, I loved this mix and Caimh pulls it off perfectly.
Full of fantastic characters – including an 83 year old influenced by programmes such as The Wire and Sons Of Anarchy – I felt a real affection for Paul, Brigit and Bunny and am pleased we will be seeing more from them in Caimh’s next novel. The humour certainly added to the affinity I felt for them and Paul‘s back story is intriguing.
Don’t be fooled though by all my talk of comedy, this is also a thrilling novel and I had no idea how it would turn out. A Man With One Of Those Faces hooked me in quickly and kept me guessing right to the very end. With chapters that are the perfect length and end at exactly the right moment and well paced prose this is also a great crime novel with perfect timing.
Gangland criminals, mistaken identity, an unsolved mystery mixed with cracking Irish humour that reminded me of Father Ted make A Man With One Of Those Faces a fantastic novel. Simultaneously making you roar with laughter and bite your nails, Caimh’s debut is quite unlike anything I have read before and it’s a belter. Can’t wait for the second novel.
A huge thank you to Caimh McDonnell for a the copy of A Man With One Of Those Faces in exchange for my honest review.
Published on 27 August 2016 by McFori Ink.