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  • “a thrilling crime novel that humanises objectionable characters. It explores how testosterone can change someone and how those effects ripple through society. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a riveting novel with a unique view on Dublin and the gangs that prowl its streets.” —Literary Titan
  • “Propulsive and action-packed, Testosterone, Dublin 8 is a violent – and darkly comic – vision of age, class, and living a mid-life on the edge.” —Shane Hegarty, author
  • “A gripping roller-coaster ride through Dublin’s criminal underworld, from one of Ireland’s sharpest writers” —Leslie Dixon, screenwriter, and producer of Limitless
  • “a wild Uber-ride through the twisted streets and heads of modern Dublin’s unfair city” —James Hawes, author of A White Merc with Fins and Rancid Aluminium
  • ”a great read if you like shows like Love/Hate” —Creative Freedom

Meet The Author

Gerry Mullins is a former travel writer and magazine editor, and has also worked in journalism and finance in San Francisco. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Dublin Nazi No.1, a biography of the former Director of the National Museum of Ireland (published by Liberties Press). He is also the author of the best-selling Dorothea Lange’s Ireland, and co-producer of Photos to Send, a documentary on Lange’s Irish photos which has won ten international awards. Gerry lives in Dublin 8, where this novel is set. He uses anabolic steroids.

TV producer Jimmy Fyffe starts taking anabolic steroids to restore the ‘manliness’ he has lost in a high-pressure career and unhappy marriage. His plan works – a little too well. Soon he is a cocaine dealer, carving out a market in Dublin’s more affluent suburbs. This draws him into conflict with two established drugs gangs. He is kidnapped, beaten and terrorised, and is linked to the killing of a drugs-lord and two Gardaí.

Is Jimmy next to die, or will the same newfound machismo that landed him in trouble also help him escape it? Things get worse before they get better. The extra testosterone in his system hardens him both mentally and physically, but he also becomes reckless and arrogant. Ultimately, redemption is found during an ayahuasca ceremony in the Wicklow mountains, when Jimmy confronts his past through a conversation with his dead father.

Testosterone, Dublin 8 describes the effect of the ‘male hormone’ on an individual, and on wider society. It is told against the backdrop of a gentrifying Dublin, where the two main tribes – locals and blow-ins – live side by side. It is a moral tale wrapped in a classic thriller that gets to the heart – and veins – of modern Ireland.

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