The Organised Criminal
The Organised Criminal
The Organised Criminal by Jarlath Gregory is about blood, family and organised crime. Jay O’Reilly, reluctantly returning for home for his cousin’s funeral, is offered a job by his father. His family's criminal activity had made Jay determined never to return. His father is a well-known smuggler with a far-reaching nefarious empire.
Though Jay likes to think he’s turned his back on his community, his lost-past still fascinate him. The job is deceptively simple, worryingly so, but lucrative. Despite himself, Jay is tempted, tempted by the money, tempted by the possibility of escape and a chance to make things right.
Gregory’s wry wit questions the ethics, conscience and loyalty of Jay, his family and his friends. Spiked with black humour throughout, Jay’s feelings of loneliness, displacement, dissatisfaction and even hatred elevate this thrilling celtic noir novel and show that a job is never just a job. It becomes a story of fear, family-ties, male friendship and power.
As Jay contemplates the job, he reacquaints himself with the place and the family he left, only to find that it is exactly as hard, cold and unwelcoming as he remembered. When the truth behind his father’s offer is finally revealed, Jay faces a primal struggle between familial bonds and moral obligations.
Praise for The Organised Criminal
'It's a fascinating post-Troubles tale of moral ambivalence in a community still struggling to accomodate its very particular history.' —Declan Burke, The Irish Times
'With a black wit that Gregory is becoming renowned for, this title will leave you double-checking that your doors and windows are safely locked.' —Irish Tatler Man
'The Organised Criminal is a masterly novel of male friendship, family betrayal and economic corruption. By turns brutal, beautiful and funny, it's an astute exploration of an Ireland rarely seen in fiction.' —Jamie O'Neill, author of At Swim Two Boys
'A jet black comedy, a coming of age novel... it's Oedipus in Crossmaglen.' —Declan Hughes, author of City of Lost Girls
'The Organised Criminal is definitely worth a read.'—CultureHUB Magazine
'An enjoyable, tightly-wound read that will satisfy the hungriest of crime aficionados.'—Stephen Boylan, GCN Magazine
'Readers will find Gregory's prose to be intelligent, relevant and possessing a page-turning magnetism.'—Dublin People
About the Author
Jarlath Gregory grew up in Crossmaglen, County Armagh. He has previously published Snapshots (Dublin, Sitric Books, 2001); and G. A. A. Y: One Hundred Ways to Love a Beautiful Loser (Sitric Books, 2005). He lives in Dublin.