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by Ruby Barnes
His choices. Their lives. A moment of madness.

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


His choices. Their lives. A moment of madness.

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 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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Marble City Publishing
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5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

I've pedalled the pushbike of life through the Shires' rolling hills, along the folded rocks of Scotland's lochs and out west to the fractured reaches of North Wales. Love found me in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks of Ireland. The Swiss Alps cured me of obsessive compulsion and yielded progeny.

Misfits, rogues and psychopaths take form in PERIL, THE BAPTIST and other works. Their voices, they speak to me. I plead with them, but the demons are real. I've carried them on my back across Scandinavia, through the Mid-West, Eastern Seaboard and Deep South of the USA and to the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. We teetered together on the brink of the Iguassu Falls and came back.

My writing is dedicated to the memory of my late grandfather Robert 'Ruby' Barnes.

Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com

Browse my blog at www.rubybarnes.blogspot.com

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Peril 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Loggie More than 1 year ago
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.
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
Genre: thriller Review:  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 events Dislikes:                 *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
dnae More than 1 year ago
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.
GoodOne More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was quirky and full of twists and turns.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
An extremely well written book. The main character, Ger, reacted I think in a way that any man would. Although seemingly lazy, he seems to have high hopes for his future. Along with all the ups and downs in his life he is still part scoundrel, but I was still rooting for him. Highly recommend this book to all. Well done Ruby Barnes!
honoliipali More than 1 year ago
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.
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RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only made it half way through....just wasn't gripping to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of my time. Story of a drunk, that's all. There are far better things out there, just about any where.
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Sturgis 1st result. We are short of every thing except leader and deputy~Froststripe