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Ger Mayes is a slacker. A consumer. He thinks life owes him, takes what he can and goes with the flow. His perspective on life, like that of another famous slacker The Big Lebowski, is sometimes humorous, but the story takes a noir turn when Ger kills a mugger and is held to account for it. All things move toward their end, of that you can be sure.Contemporary Irish crimeGer Mayes is a slacker. A consumer. He thinks life owes him, takes what he can and goes with the flow. His perspective on life, like that of another famous slacker The Big Lebowski, is sometimes humorous, but the story takes a noir turn when Ger kills a mugger and is held to account for it. All things move toward their end, of that you can be sure.Contemporary Irish crime fiction set in Dublin and Kilkenny, Peril is the story of an anti-hero. Men want to be him, women want to redeem him. Ger's story is fiction, but his origins are real - everyday folk living and working in a Dublin city center wracked with organized begging, drug addicts and violent crime. It's not all leprechauns and shillelaghs in Ireland.Ladies, don't let your man read this book. You don't want him getting ideas.Fellas, keep your copy well hidden....

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Peril: A Ger Mayes Thriller Reviews

  • John Gaynard
    2019-01-11 11:54

    In line with my reviewing policy of only giving a write-up to books I have enjoyed, I now have great pleasure in making a few comments on Ruby Barnes's Peril, a novel which could also have been titled, "The Power of Positive Thinking for Feckless Scots Bent on Raising Levels of Dissatisfaction Among Irish Wives, Mistresses, Relatives, Beggars and Rail Customers Who Have the Temerity to Make Complaints".Ger Mayes is a loveable ne'er do well from North of that Border uniting Scotland and England. Married to an upright modern Irish woman who, needless to say, indulges in quickies with her personal trainer, Ger is paid what seems to be a reasonable salary by the complaints office of Irish Railways. His minimal investment of time, and low respect for his customers, makes Ger a poster boy for the most negative, biased sorts of comments made by Dubliners about immigrant labor. Ger's only self-questioning comes from the wonder and anger generated when he does not get promoted over the heads of some, admittedly obnoxious, colleagues who do, however, respect reasonable standards of productivity, putting in an hour of work and a full five hours of gossip and back-biting on the days when they're in the office--and not taking their statutory sick days off.Although Ger is more than a bit of a wine and food snob--and should know that after two or three glasses his taste-buds will have had as much as they can reasonably enjoy--when out with the lads he has a habit of drinking himself into that state of mindlessness where his head stops working but his feet keep walking. One night, in a city of Dublin that could pass for the capital of the Chechen Republic under attack by the Russians, he wanders befuddled and lost, finding it impossible to suss his way to the train station and back home to the outer suburbs, where he can reconnect with the middle-class way of life as it developed in late 20th and early 21st century Ireland: memorization of suburban railway time tables, calculating which train will get him into work just after time and out of work just before time, formal dinners where he can whimsically analyze--in the company of mortgaged-up-to-the-hilt neighbors--the merits of different types of pasta, tomato sauce, red wine, white wine and Indian or other take-away dishes while ogling and caressing the knees of his wife's best friend.Ger stumbles into a fight with a Romanian beggar, kills the man and flees the scene. The next day, unsurprisingly, the murder does not trouble his conscience. Its consequences only begin to concern him when he realizes he didn't dispose of the murder weapon so that it couldn't be found. His worries are compounded when it turns out that another member of the beggar clan saw him do it. The only one of the ten commandments that Ger respects is the eleventh one, "Thou shan't get caught", but, when he does get found out, every problem becomes an opportunity, in line with his innate approach to life, that of the devil-may-care chancer. Any event that would render a less hedonistic man catatonic with fright becomes something to flip to his advantage in his only serious quest: how to satisfy every one of his five senses, every day, in every way.The Head of the Beggar clan sets his people on Ger's tail. They take him to some weird and wonderful places as they inform him how they will exact retribution. One of those places is a mansion in the middle of the Phoenix Park occupied by a gang of people who wander the streets of Dublin in search of ill-gotten gain (this is NOT the Irish National Police Force, which occupies a totally different mansion in the Park).Although the main plot of the book has nothing to do with how Irish Complaints Offices' resort to Soviet style methods to keep their more recalcitrant employees mouthing sweet nothings to dissatisfied customers, or ass-licking around the coffee machine, there are very some very funny scenes when Ger is put on obligatory sick leave for questioning his non-promotion and told to report to a psychiatrist on a near-daily basis to prove that his behavior is normal. This interferes with him spending afternoons in the sack of his anorexic mistress.I began to read this in a hot and humid hotel room in an African city, feeling nostalgic for a few words describing the ould sod. But Ruby Barnes's belly-laugh provoking, high-wire act of dissecting the pretensions of modern-day Ireland, and showing what it takes to thrive, namely the "Ger Attitude", replaced the desire for the fickle charms of Kathleen ni Houlihan with the commonsense thought that I should stay where I was. I read the final electronic page of this fine comic novel of Ireland, laid the Kindle beside me and began to hum that age-old song of wisdom, McAlpine's Fusiliers, "Oh Mother Dear, I'm over here and I'm never coming back....."Nevertheless, a few days later, I found myself on a flying visit to Dublin. The city was in the midst of a four-day heatwave, with nary a beggar, dead, alive, or in the Phoenix Park to be seen. Whose view of Dublin was the right one? That of Ger, Ruby Barnes's main character in Peril, or the one of my own eyes and the Irish Tourist Board's? I decided to download to my Kindle another Ruby Barnes novel. I recommend you do the same.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2018-12-31 05:35

    4 StarsGerard is finding himself in a heap of trouble. A drunken evening, and he gets confused about which way is home. The river looks different, odd even-is he in the right place? Then he’s attacked by, of all things, a mugger-and while trying to defend himself, remembers that someone else had been beaten to death in that area earlier. Looks like he could well be the next victim! This mugger is not out for just what’s in that wallet (good thing, cause Gerard’s is empty); looks like he’s out for serious blood. Before very long, it’s not just the attacker who’s out for blood, it’s the potential victim, Gerard himself. And soon he is victim no longer-and now what?? Maybe Gerard Mayes would have been better off-much better off-if he’d stayed at home in the brittle confines of Port Glasgow, Scotland, with the rough and ready, instead of moving to Dublin, Ireland-where he ended up drunken, and a murderer.Gerard is certainly no one’s idea of perfection. A bit of a lout, he’s extra-maritally active, he lacks the Puritan work ethic, as he himself admits, he’s a murderer-and now he’s being heavily blackmailed, because of that very murder (which was only partially unintentional, let him tell you). What’s a man to do when he finds himself boxed into a situation like this?Author Ruby Barnes, who so excelled in his novel “The Baptist,” once again demonstrates that he has his ear to the ground and attuned to the rhythms of life, this time in modern-day Dublin. Gerard, his protagonist (I certainly can’t term him “hero”) is sometimes likable, often not-but he’s surprisingly self-analytical and open about his own failings, faults, and foibles-also a surprise. I can recommend this for lovers of modern suspense.

  • Cindy C Bennett
    2018-12-24 09:40

    It's the mark of a truly great author when he can create a character that is not only flawed, but is downright unlikeable - and yet you find yourself rooting for him, sympathizing with him, and hoping he'll come out on top. Ruby Barnes has created such a character in Ger Mayes. It's almost impossible to tell you much about the story without giving it away, just suffice it to say you must read Ger's story. This is a man who can't make a good decision, ever, and doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes, either. And yet, he has a big heart that keeps getting in his way of being completely self-absorbed, as he'd like to be. You're going to like him, and keep hoping he'll finally make that decision that should seem so obvious, to pull himself out of the tangled web he's created for himself, before he's eaten by the black widow. A seriously good book, with great writing and prose, hard to put down once you start. A nice, amusing look into real life in Ireland, with characters who you can imagine finding in any corner of the world. You'll find yourself thinking about Ger long after you've read the last, inevitable word. I can hardly wait to see what springs from the mind of Ruby Barnes next.

  • Kath Middleton
    2019-01-16 03:30

    Gerard (call me Ger) Mayes fancies himself with the ladies; in fact he embarks upon an affair with his wife's best friend. In a drunken brawl, he kills a Romanian beggar and the man's twin brother demands money in recompense. He also demands an illegal act from Ger, or he will supply evidence of the killing to the Garda. Ger is, to my mind, an unpleasant, selfish and amoral individual but his tale is compelling reading.The story is told as a first person narrative, mainly by Ger, though occasionally through the voices of other characters, a device which allows the reader to know things about them that Ger doesn't know. Ruby Barnes is a writer of consummate skill and he handles the story with its twists and turns very well. A darned good read.

  • J.J. Toner
    2019-01-07 09:48

    PERIL by Ruby BarnesAn engaging romp through Dublin (mostly) in the company of a young(-ish) man called Ger Mayes with the morals of a stray mongrel and a serious drink habit. Forced to commit an unspeakable crime, he is soon in thrall to a community of blackmailers. He turns to an old, rich friend for help. Unfortunately, his friend’s moral compass is even more at sea than his own and the two of them get deeper and deeper into the mire as they attempt to extricate themselves and line their pockets, while the body count rises.Ruby Barnes writes with a fresh, distinctive voice. His characters are fascinating even if the motivations behind their actions are sometimes a little hard to figure out. I’m looking forward to more from this young author.

  • Michael Wayne
    2019-01-23 06:53

    Ger Mayes is despicable, so despicable that you can't help but to pay attention to his every move.Well done Mr. Barnes

  • Shelly
    2018-12-24 10:54

    Like a lot of other reviewers have noted, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading a story about a main character who is not the most likable of people, a rather self-centered and self-serving fellow. But the writing is very well done, the story is entertaining and I couldn't wait to find out if comeuppance was going to occur or not. You'll have to read it yourself to find out.

  • Tina
    2018-12-25 08:00

    For more reviews, visit The Book LandersTitle: PerilAuthor: Ruby BarnesGenre: thrillerReview: Ger Mayes is by no means an honest man. But he still manages to stay on the right side of the law…until one fateful night when he accidently beats a man to death while drunk. He quickly realizes he’s in deep water and attempts to hide the evidence—ditch the murder weapon (a pipe), chuck the body into the river, and all that fun stuff. And so he proceeds with life, the crime undiscovered and his guilt shoved into the corner of his mind.But things are about to get sticky once more when he decides to give 20 euros to a beggar at the train station. It turns out the brother of the beggar was the man Ger killed. It also turns out that the beggar is well connected to a powerful gang—a gang that is definitely walking on the wrong side of the law. The beggar—his name is Illie—blackmails Ger into obtaining drugs for his gang to profit off of.It seems like Ger just can’t escape trouble when three people close to him all die within two weeks. Ger didn’t kill any of them—at least not on purposely. In fact, Ger is sure that their deaths were all caused by the gang. But all the evidence point to Ger as the killer; the fact that all three people left their inheritance to Ger doesn’t help.Okay, enough about the plot and let’s get on about the characters. I must say, Ruby Barnes has created some of the most memorable characters I have read about. There’s Ger Mayes, the main character, obviously. Although I don’t think I would want Ger to be my friend in real life—he’s egotistical, can be viewed as selfish and is *ahem* loosely organized—yet I couldn’t help but root for him the whole way. Ger often directly addresses readers in his somewhat cynical and snide voice that cracks me up (“Yes, I killed Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick”….or something along the lines of that). I enjoyed his dry humor a lot.There’s Jo, Ger’s wife who actually seems to be a decent person until she shows her true colors at the end of the novel. Although the mass majority of the book was written from Ger’s point of view, there was one chapter set aside that is told from Jo’s point of view.Then there’s Renee, Ger’s lover and Jo’s longtime friend. There is also one chapter told from Renee’s point of view, which I think was quite helpful with getting to know her better. It turns out she has cancer and is trying to live life to its fullest. Yet, she is hiding a dark secret…Last but not least there is Tom, Ger’s friend who always bails him out of trouble. He is rich and spends his money freely. As with Jo and Renee, a chapter of Peril is set aside and told from Tom’s point of view. Tom seems like a nice, friendly and outgoing guy; he’s the guy that everyone loves. Yet when Tom agrees to help Ger obtain the drugs to fork over to the gang, Ger can’t help but think that Tom is rather familiar with the whole ordeal of obtaining the drugs—perhaps a little bit too familiar.Peril is an engaging thriller that is sure to keep one turning the pages. The novel also made me think, like really think. I found the dinner conversation between Ger, Tom, Renee, Jo and Aunt Mary (this occurs in the second or third chapter) very thought provoking. Is giving money to beggars helping or harming them? Aunt Mary and Jo think it’s helpful. Ger disagrees. Ger feels that giving money to the homeless only eases one’s conscience but doesn’t actually fix the problem. As a result, he never gives money to beggars—except for that one time he gave twenty euros to Illie who later blackmails him. And as I mentioned before, from that point on, Ger’s life is a constant spiral downwards.Likes: *Ger’s narration of the novel is different from most other main characters—he’s often sarcastic (and I love healthy dose of sarcasm) *there were several unforeseeable turn of eventsDislikes: *I thought the chapter told from Jo’s point of view was kind of unnecessary; Jo isn’t really a major character until the end, and even then her involvement with the plot is minimal

  • TAMMY CUEVAS
    2019-01-06 03:56

    Gerard Mayes is a terrible person in a terrible mess. He's on the verge of being fired and really doesn't care; he's really just counting the days until Aunt Mary dies and leaves his wife a sizeable inheritance; and he's playing a balancing act with his wife, mistress, and possible future mistress. And now, he's being blackmailed by a gang of drug dealers. And the fun is just beginning...In Ruby Barnes' novel "Peril", he has created a character who most readers will love to hate. Gerard is every woman's nightmare. An unfaithful husband and an all-around goof-off, he has a talent for landing himself in a mess. When he is attacked by a beggar wielding a crutch, he defends himself. Not a crime in itself, but Gerard panics, dumps the body, and runs. Unfortunately, he has been seen. From this point on, whenever there is a decision to make, Gerard always makes the wrong decision. While not a lovable character, he is certainly unforgettable. This is the first of Barnes' novels for me, and I wasn't sure what to expect. What a happy surprise! For all of Gerard's faults, I found myself rooting for him. The good news is that "Peril" has now been released in paperback. It's way too good to be an e-reader secret.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author, Ruby Barnes < http://rubybarnes.blogspot.com/ > . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sally
    2019-01-09 09:58

    Surprisingly delightful! I first read an unrelated short story by Ruby Barnes. It had promise, but didn’t seem quite finished. It left me hanging, wishing for just a bit more. Well, both Peril and its sequel, Getting Out of Dodge, give a bit more and then some. At the beginning of Peril, Ger – our hero? – says: “When I’m finished you will likely have no respect for me. What not to do with your life by Gerard Mayes. There will be a warm feeling that it happened to me, not you, and that I deserved it. Fair judgment, trust me on this if nothing else.” He’s right. He is a thoroughly unlikable character, consistently behaving in a selfish, uncaring, thoughtless, repulsive manner. You can’t wait for him to get caught and be punished. But – he is also thoroughly compelling. You can’t wait to see what happens to him next, if for no other reason than to see if he’ll get in more trouble. He is not a charming scoundrel; his behavior is outrageous. But once you’re hooked, you can’t stop reading.The action is fast paced and suspenseful. The writing is a pleasure. You think you’re reading just another crime story, but a turn of phrase will surprise and delight you and sometimes make you laugh out loud.Occasionally the action bogs down a bit or the details get a bit confusing, but never enough to detract from the story, and it picks up again quickly.I would definitely recommend Peril for a fun, exhausting, surprising, thoroughly enjoyable read!

  • Bill Thibadeau
    2018-12-29 10:34

    Slow and droll start that almost had me putting down this book and thinking that not all indie books are worth reading. However, the author has a good writing style and there was just enough of a tantalizing plot that I thought I should keep reading since the author spent a good deal of time writing.As I got past the doldrums, I found myself reading a fast paced, well crafted story, with unlikeable characters. I was hooked! I was mesmerized by the path the characters take and their tribulations. I don't write reviews with a story synopsis, I just try to let potential readers know the strengths and weaknesses of a book. I highly recommend this book with the suggestion that you have access to a British-English dictionary at hand. There is a lot of British slang that warrant deciphering the meaning. Failure to do so actually diminishes the quality of the read. One thing has left me in a quandary. I don't really know if the ending is a great twist on a story full of twists or simply a feeble attempt at an ending to meet a deadline. It is easy to accept either as reality. I sat there for a long time thinking about the ending and the book as a whole. I select the former as the answer to my quandary but you may not.In summary, please pick up this book in any format available. Be patient and you will be more that satisfied.

  • J.H. Sked
    2019-01-05 10:54

    This is phenomenal writing. The author has an absolute knack for sketching out characters and pulling the reader into their lives and motivations. As a result the reader finds themselves sympathising with situations and decisions that they normally wouldn't.I'll admit to varying between 4 & 5 stars on this one, because I've never met a character I disliked so much (Bella from Twilight doesn't come close). The main character in this book, Ger, made me want to reach through the pages and slap him, repeatedly - probably because I've had the misfortune to date similar types in my own life.My normal response to a character I completely dislike is to close the book. However, Ruby Barnes has a knack for keeping you reading simply with the quality of his writing, and for me, the other characters in the book had me hooked.A fine look at what people will - and won't - do in extraordinary circumstances, and a great study of living, working and dying in a gritty urban world. For me, the writing trumped the flaws in Ger, who seems to suffer from TSTL (too stupid to live)syndrome and an ego that could sink the Titanic all over again.

  • Richard Sutton
    2019-01-13 04:58

    I have always been attracted to character-driven stories, so Ruby Barnes' writing has always found me a receptive reader. Peril is my third Barnes read, and like the others, it has been a romp. Ger Mayes, the primary character has so many faults, I won't bother to sort through them, but he's a cheerful eedjit. Just smart enough to find several shovels with which to bury himself. This is a shifting study of bad decisions and how they can lead to nothing but additional bad decisions. Written in first person, which normally annoys me, Peril really needs the immediacy and voice; so with only a couple of unexpected chapter shifts in character Point of View, I found it leading me along smartly. Ger is so well drawn, I can recall him easily from memory, now. He resembles quite a few of my own post-school chums, each one of them, also a walking invitation to vice, and good-natured corruption. Ger may have led himself into a very tight box, but I will still suspect that he'll be wearing a smile when they nail the lid shut. For those who enjoy action writing and character, it should be a must-read. Well done, Ruby!

  • Franz McLaren
    2018-12-25 09:50

    I had little idea what to expect when I opened this book. From the teaser I suspected that it would probably be a suspense noir using Dublin as a setting and, in all honesty, there is a bit of that. But Ruby Barnes' writing style and story telling skills were a pleasant surprise. In Ger Mayes he has created complete scoundrel, with few redeeming qualities, that nonetheless steals the reader's heart. Ger is a person hopelessly self-centered who makes all the wrong moves and yet I found myself constantly hoping that he would extricate himself from the hopeless situations he instigates. However, Ruby Barnes skills are not limited to the creation of a single, well-rounded, character. With the consummate ease of a born story teller, Mr. Barnes weaves a tale that draws the reader in. Through speech patterns and mannerisms, his characters develop distinct lives, while the threat of impending disaster locks the reader until the final page.Mr Barnes has penned a tale that will stay with the reader long after the last word is read.

  • Denna
    2019-01-07 03:50

    Ger Mayes is one of those types of guys who make some women try to tuck him beneath their wing so they can take care of him. Others will follow along and pray he gets exactly what he deserves. Whichever kind you end up being, you’re sure to have a blast following this womanizing idiot as he gets himself into one bad mess after another, each one just slightly worse than the one before it. I didn’t know whether to laugh, or groan and slap my forehead, thinking it a good idea to pull him by the ear in to see the shrink and glue him to the chair. It’s hard to believe one man can make so many bad decisions and get into so much trouble and yet find a way to talk himself out of it. Or does he? You’ll have to read PERIL for yourself to find out. Ladies, you may want to hide this one from your husbands. You wouldn’t want to give them any ideas. Don’t worry about the slow start in chapter one. Once Ger gets the ball rolling, he sets off an avalanche that no one can stop, not even Lady Luck herself. If you like a fast-paced thriller, PERIL is a fun ride I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

  • Deneé
    2019-01-11 05:45

    This entire book played out like a film noire in my head, for some reason. It starts in medias res, then slowly develops it's characters and plot before going headstrong into the book's pinnacle. It's probably because of the beginning slowness of the story line, as well as the lack of descriptive visual traits of the characters that made me a little apprehensive of giving this five stars, but the thriller did just as it promised, it thrilled. I was surprised with how the book started to shock and hurl me throughout the next chapters, as the suspense built up. This story is definitely unique in it's plot, and I love the different twists and turns it makes.

  • Kevin Wilkins
    2019-01-06 06:38

    I got this as a giveaway which meant I had nothing to worry about if I didn't like it, but I loved it. A flawed main character who has an inflated idea of his own ability leads us into a journey through Dublin's sub-culture, via Amsterdam, to a reveal at the end which is excellent. Ruby's characters are well drawn and realistic and there is not a word of superfluous dialogue or description in the book. If you like gritty tales with a hint of gangsterism, this is for you. I went straight to Amazon and bought 'The Baptist.'

  • MikeDavis
    2019-01-21 04:52

    I found this to be an enjoyable book. The protagonist is in turn naive, arrogant, scheming, criminal, lovable, innocent and guilty. There are enough twists to be interesting and the story line is a good one despite the fact that the reader knows what's going on most of the time. Barnes has done a fine job with this one.This book was received in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.

  • Irene
    2018-12-24 11:39

    If you're looking for an everyone lives happily ever after tale, keep on looking, you won't find it here. The world seems to be crashing down around Ger in this witty, well written, engaging story. Even though much of Ger's "peril" is due to his own lack of self control I couldn't help but feel sorry for him as he dug himself in deeper and deeper from one bad situation to the next. A very enjoyable read.

  • Ann Lee
    2019-01-06 11:52

    Five Star Winner!Ruby Barnes's novel "Peril," is a good book. My goodness, I enjoyed this book. It had it all, drama, mystery, love gone bad, crime, etc. The main character is dispictable, however you are drawn to him. You dislike him, feel sorry for him at times but he gives you a inside look into the seedy side of Ireland.

  • Perry Aylen
    2019-01-10 06:52

    He's not the standard hero, he's not the typical male lead; he's a real man; about half as clever as he thinks he is, where thinking is a reaction, not an action.One part of me thought he's too stupid for words, whereas the other part thought - there but for the grace of God....A clever story, well told, with a good supporting cast round a character that defies pigeon-holing.

  • Ginney Etherton
    2019-01-17 06:00

    Barnes breaks 3 rules that usually make or break a book for me, and he still won me over. As noted, the protagonist is unlikable. It's written in the present tense. Some early chapters are narrated by different characters, 1 chapter each, and then the format is dropped.Good writing prevails.

  • Sarah Williams
    2019-01-06 06:52

    I really enjoyed this quirky crime tale. The story was fast paced and full of surprises and written with a great balance of dark humour and sorrow. I'll definitely be on the look out for more books by this author.

  • Brian Gore
    2019-01-18 03:42

    Quirky, at points crass, but creative and entertaining.

  • Jack
    2018-12-30 04:52

    A picaresque tale of Ger, a Scot living in Ireland, who makes a very, very bad mistake whilst drunk one night, then becomes embroiled in a complex saga affecting his nearest and dearest.

  • C.L.R. Dougherty
    2018-12-24 10:54

    Well done!

  • Krizia Anna
    2019-01-08 05:36

    It was pretty good. It was exciting, something to read when you're bored. However, I have no love for Ger Mayes. He is a central character that I would rather not read about.

  • Dixie Hamilton
    2019-01-10 03:38

    My first book by this author. Free on Amazon so gave it a try. Took a while to get into it. Probably won't read anything else by this author.

  • Pete Morin
    2018-12-26 04:46

    A rollicking fun read. Ruby is a funny man, and his style is infectious. A fine tale about a lovable rogue.

  • Jay Fromkin
    2018-12-25 04:52

    Part way through reading "Peril," I thought that Ruby Barnes had written a surprisingly good "bloke book" for a woman. OK, now I get it. Ruby Barnes is an Irishman, and quite an author. This book has movie option written all over it, and I would certainly look forward to it hitting the big screen.The protagonist, Ger Mayes, is a middle-class Scot married to Jo, an Irish woman, and so they live in Ireland. Ger also has a mistress - Jo's friend Renee, a best friend in gay drug-enthusiast, Tom, and a civil service job he hates. On the short side of middle age, Ger drinks too much, womanizes too much, and has too little money to support his "needs." When he drunkenly murders a Romanian beggar who'd assaulted him, Ger finds himself caught in a web of deceit, drugs, and death, all of which land him directly in the sights of the Irish police, drug dealers, and a corrupt legal system. Let's call this Irish noir. Ger's never quite sure what he's gotten himself into, doesn't know how to play the game, and doesn't know who he can trust. In truth, the person he can least trust is himself. Ger Mayes is one of those smaller-than-life characters who sees himself larger as through in funhouse mirror. He foresees a big payoff, and always thinks he's just a step away. It's rather like an optical delusion.This is a good read, suspenseful, funny, tragic, and finally just. I highly recommend "Peril."