The Devil I Know

A Novel
Product Number: EB00640872
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802192691
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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From the award-winning Irish novelist comes this "savagely comic . . . dark, surreal" satire of low morals and high finance (The New York Times). Tristram St. Lawrence hasn't been home for years. Ever since he missed his mother's deathbed to go on a bender, the thirteenth Earl of Howth isn't welcome in the family castle. Now sober, he lives in self-imposed exile and in contact with only two confidantes. One is Desmond Hickey, a former childhood bully and current successful developer. The other is M. Deauville, Tristram's mysterious AA sponsor to whom he is utterly beholden. Then Hickey pitches an ambitious development project to Tristram. M. Deauville assures him that it's a great idea. Before Tristram knows it, he's up to his neck in funding proposals, zoning approvals, bids on property from Britain to Shanghai, and blind drunk with the euphoria of becoming a very rich man. There's no way this can end in catastrophe, can it? In this wry skewering of a country, a man, and an entire international financial system, Kilroy "balances perfectly the comic and the monstrous . . . with an eerie believability, leaving us in a situation completely unrealistic and, for that, completely true" (The Daily Beast).

Author(s): Claire Kilroy
Original Publish Date: Feb 04, 2014

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