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The Book of Virtue
01 May 2014 * EBOOK * £0.99 * 9781781858080

With his hated father dead, a man's life takes a dangerous turn.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 39 pages
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The Book of VirtueDeath Sentences: Short Stories to Die For, 1Ken Bruen

With his hated father dead, a man's life takes a dangerous turn.

He doesn't cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank's final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he's glad to see him go.

His only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before, and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man's hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn't want to follow Daddy to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.

Ken Bruen is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. He received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in South Africa, and then became a crime novelist. He is the recipient of two Barry Awards, two Shamus Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

'Grim and elegiac by turns, Bruen is a powerful, original and controversial talent.' Guardian

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