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by Eoin McNamee


The Blue Tango Eoin McNamee 265pp, Faber, £1. 9. The scenario is so infected with problematic circumstances and unsavoury characters that McNamee hardly knows where to begin.

The Blue Tango Eoin McNamee 265pp, Faber, £1. Released from the fantasies of lurid weekly partworks, the genre of "true crime" seems to have been rehabilitated for the benefit of the literary-minded middle classes. Gordon Burn writes about the Wests, James Ellroy continues his panoramic investigations into a corrupted America, and on a smaller scale Jake Arnott incorporates 1960s police-murdering into his friendly brand of nostalgic pastiche.

Blue is the Night (The Blue Trilogy). While the book makes a strong impression, I was troubled a little bit by the author's intermittent coyness regarding whether he is communicating a fact that actually occurred or imagining what might have

Blue is the Night (The Blue Trilogy). While the book makes a strong impression, I was troubled a little bit by the author's intermittent coyness regarding whether he is communicating a fact that actually occurred or imagining what might have.

Eoin McNamee’s The Blue Tango is based on a true story that happened in Northern Ireland. In 1952, the daughter of a sitting judge was brutally murdered right outside her house. While the crime by itself was shocking, what made this even worse is the fact that the police have never been able to solve it. McNamee, in this book, tries to bring to life both the crime as well as the reasons for it still being an inactive cold case that hasn’t reached its conclusion.

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The photograph of a murdered 19-year old haunts the pages of Eoin McNamee's poised new novel. As tautly written as a Brian Moore novel, McNamee's book evokes the life and times of a"stern voluptary" with poetic assurance. Independent culture newsletter

The photograph of a murdered 19-year old haunts the pages of Eoin McNamee's poised new novel. Set in postwar Ireland, and based on a contemporary case, the novel draws a portrait of a community bound together by deceit. The daughter of a judge, Patricia Curran was known for her liaisons with married men. Found stabbed in her parents' driveway, her murder was pinned on a young. Independent culture newsletter. The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox.

At . 0am in the morning of the 13th November 1952 the body of 19 year old Patricia Curran was carried into the surgery belonging to the family doctor. At first Dr Kenneth Wilson thought she had been the victim of an accidental shooting. In fact a subsequent post-mortem revealed that she had been stabbed thirty seven times.

Eoin McNamee (1961 in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland) is a writer of novels and screenplays. He has written two novellas: The Last of Deeds (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1989), which was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature, and Love in History (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1992).

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A thriller set in a shadowy world of corruption and sexual intrigue. A narrative of white mischief in post-war Ireland, of false accusation and savage murder, presided over by the tragic figure of the 19-year-old daughter of a judge.
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This is a well-regarded fictionalization of a "true crime" in Northern Ireland. In the early 1950s, a prominent judge's teenage daughter was found murdered in shrubbery off the driveway to their home. A young acquaintance of her brother was convicted, based on a confession elicited by dubious methods (and later debunked), some behavior consistent with having been the murderer and the lack of an alibi. The convict was judged "not guilty by reason of insanity" and spent 7 years under psychiatric care, and was then discharged. The author clearly has no regard for the official account and, through this novel, suggests an alternative explanation that he does a bang-up job of hiding until the very end. In Chekhovian fashion, the murder is never narrated, merely what happened or might have happened before or after, in the minds and lives of the victim and about a dozen other characters, particularly her father and the accused. The overarching theme of the book, to me, is the forces of order controlling eruptions of disorder from entering the public narrative, the public consciousness. A murder of this nature would have been committed by a certain kind of person, for a certain kind of reason. The authorities will find such a person. Alternative explanations are, per se, implausible. This is a judge's family, after all. The presence of the family attorney at the crime scene when the authorities arrive is not worthy of remark; to imagine otherwise would be an unspeakable affront.

The author has a distinctive writing style. The passive voice predominates. Adverbs are eschewed. Distance is maintained. I have just imitated it. Did you like it? It's more elaborate but definitely distinctive.

While the book makes a strong impression, I was troubled a little bit by the author's intermittent coyness regarding whether he is communicating a fact that actually occurred or imagining what might have. Frequently it is clear he is imagining an event, and sometimes he professes to be stating a fact from the investigation or court proceeding, but often he leaves it quite ambiguous by presenting an important clue or plot twist without disclosing if it is derived from factual research or is the product of his imagination, and yet, as far as I know, the characters are all real people and he insinuates a real accusation at the end of the book, so I was troubled as to whether the accusation was derived from factual research or an intellectually dishonest jerry-rigging of the characters and plot.

Although I haven't read the other parts, this is said to be the first of a trilogy.
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3.5 stars would be the perfect rating. A fictional look into the thoughts, dialogue, actions and interactions of the principal characters involved in the lead-up to, and the investigation of, the 1952 murder in Northern Ireland of Patricia Curran, daughter of a well known jurist. The case was never solved and wisely the author merely presents what was and was not known and what was rumored, more by innuendo than gossip, rather than trying to present his hypothesis of the case. In so doing, McNamee paints a wonderful time piece of a place and era--for American reference, a kind of noirish Father Knows Best--that exposes the weaknesses, assumptions, and prejudices of many western post-war cultures. Women were to be prim and proper, males ran the world and kept things in order, the upper classes were "upper" for a reason, homosexuals were looked upon as secretive and slimy, and foreigners were suspect in almost all circumstances. The book, one feels, could have been juicier, livelier, had the author shown us more and told us less. Dialogue is minimal and the narrator's droning becomes tiresome. At points in the reading it felt like I was taking dictation. If you enjoy crime stories, either true crime or whodunits, or would like to wrap the early 1950s around you, you could certainly do worse than The Blue Tango. There's enough here that I'm now tempted to try another by this same writer, whether from the Blue Trilogy or his well-known Resurrection Man.
The Blue Tango ebook
Author:
Eoin McNamee
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Faber & Faber; 1st edition (July 23, 2001)
Pages:
275 pages
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4.4
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