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Building a crime novel
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Building a crime novel

Crime novels possess an architecture, its form partly defines the genre, and if such books were bridges structural engineers would assess their load bearing and frame systems.   Sean Sheehan   Structures with minimal forces bearing down on them, they would quickly see, do not need heavy columns, deep foundations […]

A trapped life
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A trapped life

The Irish writer Aidan Higgins has always been a peripheral figure on Ireland’s crowded literary landscape and he remains there despite the power and eloquence of his novel, “Langrishe, go down”, first published in 1966.   Sean Sheehan   The novel is set in rural, post-Independence Ireland and concerns sisters […]