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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  812 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Vincent Naylor, just released from jail, resumes doing what he does best, planning for an armored car robbery. Bob Tidey, an honest policeman, discouraged by his colleagues making deals with criminals and about to commit perjury, is investigating the murder of a crooked banker. A call from an old acquaintance will change his course of investigation. Maura Coady, a retired ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Europa Editions (first published June 2nd 2011)
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James Thane
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is an excellent police procedural set in contemporary Ireland where the high-flying Irish economy has collapsed into a heap, leaving a trail of destruction and desperation in its wake.

As the book opens, Detective Sergeant Bob Tidey is caught in an act of perjury when he claims that he did not see an act of possible police brutality that occurred in a bar where he was having a drink. The consequences of his action remain to be determined. Meanwhile, a corrupt banker who was caught up in the
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE RAGE. (2012). Gene Kerrigan. ****.
This is the third novel in the author’s Dublin trilogy, and the winner of The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. It’s a police procedural that follows its protagonist, Detective Sergeant Bob Tidey through his paces. Ireland is in its post-boom depression. Jobs have disappeared and housing values have dropped through the cellar. The common finger is being pointed at the bankers and finance moguls of the country for
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Irish settings
Shelves: fiction, suspense
THE RAGE plunges the reader deep into the damaged psyche of a post-boom Ireland. It forces the reader into an uncomfortably close observation of Vincent Naylor, a vicious petty thug. Author Kerrigan also forces the reader into a close acquaintanceship with Vincent's violent criminal world. There is his older brother Noel, confederates like Liam Delaney who deals in illegal firearms, an enforcer named Micky Kavanagh who once employed Vincent and Liam, and Kavanagh's boss, Frank Tucker, to name ju ...more
Ozzie Cheek
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to Ireland in a few weeks, so like any sensible fan of mysteries and thrillers, I've been reading contemporary Irish writers. Gene Kerrigan's latest book, "The Rage", came to my attention via an interview with the author on NPR's "Fresh Air." Other reviews have summarized the plot and central characters better than I could. If it's a synopsis you're looking for, check out a couple of the long reviews on Amazon. I'll keep my comments brief and focus on why I think Kerrigan's book is wor ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Winner of the 2012 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel
Vincent Naylor, a professional thief, is fresh out of jail. His latest project, an armed robbery, is just days away.
Bob Tidey, an honest, hardworking policeman, dedicated to public service, is about to commit perjury.
Maura Coady, a retired nun living in a Dublin backstreet, is lost in bad memories and regrets. Then, she sees something that she can't ignore, and makes a phone call that will unleash a
Rob Kitchin
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gene Kerrigan is one of Ireland’s leading columnists and a keen observer and critic of Irish social and political life. In The Rage he weaves together a whole series of astute observations regarding the financial crisis, the property bust, the Ryan Report and Church abuses, and gangland crime. The writing is superb, with prose that is engaging and well paced, credible dialogue and a range of nicely penned characters that feel like real people. Kerrigan does a fine job at tugging and twisting the ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
The fourth and (thus far) the last, I believe, of Gene Kerrigan's crime novels – it is a touch slower than the first three, but still first-rate. If you like the genre, Kerrigan should go to the very, very top of your TBR list.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another high quality Irish crime novel from the author. Dark and gritty with completely realistic characters and situations and excellent plotting and pacing.
Glen Creason
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...engaging and colorful Irish setting made it more interesting
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of "The Rage" by Gene Kerrigan through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This is an excellent crime thriller with non-stop action, set in Dublin, Ireland. The Rage won the "Crime Writers Association for Best Novel of the Year in 2012." This book was so well written, it was a pleasure to read.

Detective Sgt.Bob Tidey, Cavendish Avenue is called in to investigate the murder of a crooked banker, Emmet Sweetman, who was assaulted at the door of his home by two men with a double-barrelled s
Bonnie Brody
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ireland's economic bubble has burst and people are out of work, losing their houses, and furious with the banking industry. In this setting, a noir mystery takes place. Bob Tidey is a sergeant in the Irish Garda, a good cop with a dilemma. "No moral thing to do. But something had to be done."

Bob Tidey is the guarda (Irish policeman) on site when the murder of Eric Sweetman takes place. Sweetman is a banker with ties to fraudulent scams that involve big money. Tidey thinks this murder is connect
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
The story opens in Dublin with the assassination of a wealthy banker involved in shady practices. The murder coincides with the release from jail of small time criminal Vincent Naylor. Vince and his brother Noah, have aspirations of rising in Dublin's criminal hierachy. They undertake a robbery of epic proportions with fatal results. In the course of the story both Vincent and Tidey encounter retired nun Maura Coady who inadvertently sets off a chain of events with surprising repercussions.

It to
Jack Cheng
I read somewhere that the best way to get to know a city is to read a mystery set there. On the plane to Dublin, I started reading Gene Kerrigan's The Rage, and by the time I finished it, I could easily picture the scenes of Detective Bob Tidey on the boardwalk on the north bank of the Liffey, as well as other classic Dublin settings.

The story is told through multiple close third person POVs including Tidey, a career criminal named Vincent Naylor and a few others. The plot is tight and the chara
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult one this. I thought I was having trouble getting into it but then realised I had read fifty pages just as a taster. I carried on reading, still thinking it was a bit cliched and too many characters to deal with, and soon passed the one hundred mark. I was casually criticising the book for having two dimensional characters as I raced past page two hundred and then imposed a late supper on everyone by finishing the book in one sitting.
It touches on some important subjects and deals with
Rebecca Bradley
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. It had a great sense of place within Ireland and Kerrigan had some wonderful characters. Tidey the detective was likable as a protagonist and I felt that the portrayal of the antagonist in Vincent Naylor was well done. So much so that there was a sense of sympathy for him. This probably came from Kerrigan’s writing of grief that Naylor goes through. There are some tough subjects covered within the book and they are covered well without making readers feel uncomfortabl ...more
Joaquin Arguello
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
No wonder that this amazing novel by Gene Kerrigan won the prestigious Crime Writers Association 2012 Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year . Not only Kerrigan's prose is flawless, but his pace and intricate plot, makes this novel a true discovery. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy World Noir and want to be entertained as well as enthralled form page one.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb - gifted Irish journalist Kerrigan (for example The Usual Suspects) delivers cogent mix of violence and corruption in post Celtic Tiger Ire4land. Also see starred Review in the Library Journal
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, ireland
Another wander through Dublin's mean streets; emphasis on the mean.
Jenny Hilborne
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full review posted at The New York Journal Of Books:
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE RAGE is a darned good police/crime novel. In some ways, Bob Tidey reminded me of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and that is a good thing.
Jim Laughren
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish, crime, contemporary
Your basic slightly-damaged detective going above and beyond, defying his superior's order to close the case and move on, who solves and resolves both the original case and one loosely tied to it through stubbornness and a morally suspect manipulation of some bad guys. But ... set in contemporary Ireland, still reeling from the greed and damage done by the Celtic Tiger's gluttonous bankers, exploring both high and low society, with side trips to the Garda, the Catholic Church, and a psychotic ki ...more
Annabella Ringstad
I think this book has a fantastic idea behind it, although the execution is not the greatest. There are many thrilling aspects to this book, visual descriptions, characters you can't help but laugh at, but then it falls flat with the ending. Honestly, it just felt kind of rushed to me, and I was hoping for a better resolution.
Not to mention that the end of the book doesn't really let us know how the main character's job ends up. So......3/5. I would read it again, but it wouldn't be at the top o
I wanted to give the book more stars as I quite enjoyed the main storyline and character development but I am at a loss to understand the point of the secondary story. It wasn't referenced enough to be able to easily follow, and served no real purpose. It never tied in with the main story and just left for a confused, jumbled narrative.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Oh how I wish Gene Kerrigan were more prolific. This is an author who would make the world a much better place for lovers of crime and detective fiction if he would write a really, really long series.

His characters are fully developed and authentic. His plots are meticulous and do not disappoint in the last quarter of the book, as do so many other authors’ efforts.
Laird Bennion
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Kerrigan's work and this one improves on 'The Midnight Choir' with more of a narrative arc. Post crash Ireland, so twice the noir with half the booze! Seems a tighter and more deliberate story with all the fantastic descriptive/poetic chops of previous work.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 star
Vallery Feldman
Ok-while I reading I kept wondering why, what's the point. It was a book group book so I finished it in order to discuss it.
Devin McLaughlin
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great writing. Dark, crime story. Always like getting noir-flavored fiction from other countries, in this case Ireland.
Ok Dan
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice reading this book.
Dark and then some. Convoluted at times, given a fairly massive cast of characters, and it a very gritty portrayal of the Irish crime scene.
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Gene Kerrigan is an Irish journalist and novelist who grew up in Cabra in Dublin. His works include political commentary on Ireland since the 1970s in such publications as Magill magazine and the Sunday Independent newspaper. He has also written about Ireland for International Socialism magazine. He was chosen as World Journalist of the Year in 1985 and 1990, and has written books, including ficti ...more