Dark Times in the City - Gene Kerrigan

My first Gene Kerrigan book.

The writing is tightly drawn, using very short scenes to drive the narrative along. 

The prologue is good, but then I struggled to get into the story at the beginning. The reason I think I had trouble with at the beginning came out almost at the end of the book, which jumps back in time to provide the back story as to why Walter Bennett was the target of an assassination. 

I think the book would have worked a little better if it had started with this part. I don’t think it would have mattered if I'd been introduced to Callaghan character until much later in the book.

Kerrigan is good at writing about the police force and Dublin and I'd have also preferred to have had more scenes involving them. 

Similarly there is a sub-plot with Oliver (Callaghan’s neighbour) that wasn't as fully developed as it could have been (he gets bumped off in the middle of the book). 

These though are just minor quibbles and the book does work as it is.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for more of Kerrigan books.