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Jess Kidd

"A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page" (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans). Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Himself is a simmering mixture-a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.

"A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page" (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans). Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Himself is a simmering mixture-a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.
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"A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page" (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans). Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Himself is a simmering mixture-a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Aiden Kelly

Length:

9h 49m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

38:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

12:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:45