“A hard-hitting thriller.”— Books Ireland
“A compelling story.”—Leinster Express
“Awesomely well-written novel.”—John Walsh, Hedgemaster
“A fascinating read.”—amazon.com
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In the Irish midlands, two former members of the religious Order of Saint Kieran, which once ran Dachadoo Industrial School for boys, are murdered within weeks of each other, their bodies found nailed to the floor.
Detectives Tom Breen and Jimmy Gorman are assigned to track down “Nailer,” as the killer is nicknamed. They warn local clerical outcasts that Nailer may be working off a list.
The editor of the national newspaper The Telegraph, delighted Ireland seems to have its own serial killer, dreams of a huge spike in revenues. Meanwhile, investigative reporters Pauline Byron and Mick McGovern are put on the story.
As Nailer continues to kill, Pauline surmises that he may be getting revenge—or justice—for something that happened in Dachadoo decades earlier. As the past is uncovered and the pursuit for Nailer heats up, the shocking truth about Ireland’s Church-run industrial schools is revealed.
In this gripping novel Tom Phelan once again brings the artistry and courage of his discerning eye to a disturbing and emotionally loaded subject.
Author Tom Phelan, who is a former priest, grew up in the long shadow of Ireland’s most notorious institutions for boys, Saint Conleth’s in County Offaly. The reputation of the place was such that as a child, Phelan and his contemporaries were often threatened with being sent to Saint Conleth’s if they didn’t behave.
This reformatory school was administered by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a religious order that advertised itself as experts in overseeing industrial and reformatory schools. Nevertheless, in 1970, conditions in Saint Conleth’s were found to be so criminally brutal that a government report recommended immediate closure.
According to the Irish writer John McGahern, “The true history of the thirties, forties and fifties in [Ireland] has yet to be written. When it does, I believe it will be shown to have been a very dark time indeed, in which an insular Church colluded with an insecure State to bring about a society that was often bigoted, intolerant, cowardly, philistine and spiritually crippled.”
Tom Phelan’s Nailer is both a riveting whodunit and a deeply affecting indictment of the Catholic Church’s grab for power after the British departed from Ireland. Nailer shines a light on a very dark time in Ireland’s modern history.
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Tom Phelan is the author of the acclaimed novels Nailer, The Canal Bridge, In the Season of the Daisies, Iscariot, and Derrycloney.
He has also written for Newsday, the Irish Echo, Independent.ie, Connect magazine, and the Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society.
Phelan's first novel, In the Season of the Daisies, was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award.
Phelan was chosen a 2008-2009 Fellow of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, one of only five novelists selected from among hundreds of applicants.
In 2012, he was appointed by the Ireland Fund of Monaco as its Fall writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.
Born and raised on a farm in Strahard, Mountmellick, County Laois, in the Irish midlands, Phelan now makes his home in New York.
The Canal Bridge, Phelan’s powerful novel of Ireland in the First World War, tells the story of two Irish soldiers (and the women and families they leave behind) as they struggle to survive the slaughterhouse that was Europe. A quarter of a million Irish men joined the British army and fought in the trenches in the First World War, and nearly fifty thousand died.
In the Season of the Daisies, tells of the 1921 IRA murder of a young boy and the effects on his surviving twin and on the men who witnessed the killing.
Phelan's widely praised novel Iscariot is the story of an expatriate ex-priest who returns to Ireland to face the past and stumbles across the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a young woman.
In the humorous novel Derrycloney, Phelan presents a tale of life in the Irish countryside in the 1940s. Phelan calls it his "fanfare for the common man and woman" of his childhood.
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Descrizione libro Glanvil. Condizione libro: New. 2011. Paperback. 426pp. First edition copy. . . . . Codice libro della libreria 9780615434414
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