Friday, August 17, 2012

Top 10 literary murderers

Nick Brooks is the author of The Good Death and My Name is Denise Forrester.

In 2006 at the Guardian, he named a top ten list of literary murderers, including:
Francie Brady, The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe

Francie Brady is one of the true Emerald germs of Ireland. Discovered at the book's opening hiding under a bush on account of "what he done on Mrs Nugent." Neglected, humiliated and abused, Francie slips further and further from sanity until he becomes the "pig boy" others fear, and the nemesis of Mrs Nugent, who embodies everything Francie despises.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Butcher Boy is on Declan Burke's 2008 top ten list of Irish crime fiction and Edward Hogan's top ten list of stories set outside the city.

--Marshal Zeringue