Dead Dogs

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  • “Joe’s debut, 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We'll Cross, read just ever so slightly like a history lesson at times. . . . This was Joe Murphy in print on his best behaviour. Then along comes Dead Dogs, and we see Joe misbehaving badly. Gloriously badly. . . . Dead Dogs . . . is so contemporary that it hurts. Dead Dogs is a kick on the funny bone. . . . Like Peter Murphy – whose novel John The Revelator attracted so much critical attention when it emerged in 2009 – the new Murphy on the block is a past pupil of Enniscorthy Vocational College. Both men appear to have entertainingly warped views of adolescence but the new Murphy is (in the view of your reporter) more accessible and more fun than his stablemate. . . . I am passing my copy on to our resident teenager, to see if he agrees that Dead Dogs is dead good.” ––Irish Independent

Meet The Author

Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, where he lived for nineteen years before dying. Then he got better. He was educated in Enniscorthy VEC from where he went on to study English in UCD. After undertaking a Masters in Early Modern Drama, he went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher. His job is teaching. You wouldn’t believe the stories. He has had poetry published in an anthology of Enniscorthy writers. 1798 is his first novel. His second novel, Dead Dogs, is also available from Liberties Press.

Seán Galvin isn’t like the other children. While they play and laugh and keep on growing up, Seán doesn’t. Instead he does stuff to things. Things like cats and dogs. Bad stuff.

Seán has only one friend, the nameless narrator who tells their story. Their young lives revolve around sport and school. That is until Seán finally does something appalling and the boys have no choice but to tell someone. Someone older. Someone they should be able to trust. What they uncover is a secret far more awful than anything Seán is capable of: they witness a murder. Or do they? Because of their previous behaviour, no- one believes them. They begin to unravel a rather sinister series of links between people whom they thought they could trust and the person who they saw committing the crime. Their little rural town becomes a place of cold scepticism and barely-hidden conspiracy. But is there really a conspiracy?

Accused of being ‘freaks’, they become more and more isolated, and even Seán starts doubting. But the novel’s increasingly unhinged narrator embarks on a mission to prove that they saw what they saw and his obsession will see their friendship tested to its limits and their lives changed forever.

Weight 0.339 kg