Bad Catholics

Bad Catholics

by James Green
     
 

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Meet Jimmy Costello. Quiet, respectable, God-fearing family man? Or thuggish street-fighter with a past full of dark secrets? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between…

After Jimmy’s wife dies the conflict inside him is too much and the violent assault he commits on a gangster forces him to leave London and his job with the police and disappear

Overview

Meet Jimmy Costello. Quiet, respectable, God-fearing family man? Or thuggish street-fighter with a past full of dark secrets? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between…

After Jimmy’s wife dies the conflict inside him is too much and the violent assault he commits on a gangster forces him to leave London and his job with the police and disappear for a while. Now he’s back, on what you might call a divine mission… and to settle a few old scores too.

Through the eyes of his hard-boiled ex-cop, James Green takes us on a thrilling journey from 1960s Kilburn, through war-torn 1970s Africa to the modern streets of a London that seems to have cleaned up its act… until you scratch the surface.

Editorial Reviews

CrimeSquad.com's Fresh Blood section. Chris Simmons

Bad Catholics was a surprise - and a very pleasant one. This is a slim book that packs a very distinctive punch and delivers a memorable cast of characters. I really couldn't put this book down and simply had to see how things were going to end. Love him or hate him, I promise you that Jimmy Costello is a character that people will want to know and read more about. -

The Guardian

Skilfully rewinding between Jimmy's impoverished 1950s childhood, his teenage induction into gangsterism and his switch to becoming a detective, Green introduces a terrifying paradox of a character a God-fearing man running both sides of the law for profit. An ultra-hardboiled debut.

The Catholic Herald

James Green's debut novel is a cracking thriller full of details about growing up Irish and Catholic in Kilburn in the last century. It is a delight to read such an intelligent and well put together novel by an author who has apparently taken up fiction writing late in life and who, unlike some new authors, has the entertainment of the readers at the front of his mind. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906817077
Publisher:
Luath Press Limited
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
256

Meet the Author

James Green is well known as the author of the Jimmy Costello crime series, the first book of which, Bad Catholics, was short-listed for the 2009 Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards.

A prolific writer, James, who is now working on the second of the five-book series which begins with Another Small Kingdom, is married and lives in Nottinghamshire.

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