Houman Barekat

Corked Up

The Blood Miracles


John Murray 296pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

The Blood Miracles, Lisa McInerney’s follow-up to her award-winning debut The Glorious Heresies (2015), begins as it means to go on: with quarrelling. Cork drug dealer and frustrated DJ Ryan Cusack is the subject of a tug-of-war between his boss, a fearsome local tough named Dan Kane, and his long-suffering girlfriend Karine, who would very much like him to find some other line of work. She gives Ryan the heave-ho, whereupon he finds solace in the arms of Natalie, a middle-class girl with a fetish for lowlife thugs. 

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