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From The CriticsIn his acclaimed novel Breakfast On Pluto, McCabe followed the fortunes of a high-class glamour puss named Paddy. In Mondo Desperado, the sardonic Irish writer offered his growing number of fans a series of separate, character-driven tales of charming Gaelic wackos, all leading marginalized lives of desperation. McCabe's latest effort, typically bizarre, dark and esoteric, is written in a style that falls somewhere between a novel and a collection of short stories. Here, McCabe is concerned with the doings of a middle-age Gullytown fellow named Pat McNab, who seemingly kills his mammy at the start of the book by hitting her with a saucepan. Having thus endeared his hero to the reader with the crime of matricide, McCabe then uses McNab to introduce his usual Irish cast of busybodies, malcontents and lonely hearts, all of whom seem to continually be getting in McNab's face. The plot is complex and the language fractured and rich. Sad to say, though, readers may tire of melancholy, often-nasty McNab long before the author does. McCabe's latest twisted creation is just too dull and depressing to sustain an entire narrative.