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Claire Kilroy’s novel The Devil I Know is an amusing and dead-on satire. It lampoons the “sky’s-the-limit” mentality of the Celtic Tiger years with the tall tale of a reformed alcoholic, Tristram St. Lawrence, who is swept up in an old schoolfriend’s property development scheme.

The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy (UK/IRL cover)

The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy (UK/IRL cover)

All the familiar types are at play: the hard-drinking chancer with the gift of the gab, the crooked politician, the greedy bankers, the aloof patriarch, the immoral Euro-trash, and the passive protagonist, smart enough to recognize the madness, but without the strength of character to stop himself going along with the crowd.

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