For the Guardian, he named a top ten list of stories set outside the city.
One book on the list:
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabeRead about another book on Hogan's list.
An incredible first line: "When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs Nugent." You'd be right to be suspicious of a narrator with a two-decade margin of error concerning his own age. A stunning tale of a town that can't control the man it has created. I imagine it influenced Ross Raisin's excellent debut, God's Own Country, set in agricultural Yorkshire.
The Butcher Boy also appears on crime writer Declan Burke's top ten list of Irish crime fiction.