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    coming up on Friday's show....Kay Sheehy's run-down of the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award continues with "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson, Marina Carr and Rachel West, judges for this year's PJ O'Connor Award for Radio Drama, the newly-appointed Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016 and the latest albums from Beth Orton, Robert Glasper reinterpreting Miles Davis and Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Arena Wednesday 12 March 2014

    Crime Round Up - Declan Burke

    On tonights programme Declan Burke looks at a Crime Round Up, if you missed some information about the books you can listen back to the podcast here. The list of books reviewed tonight are listed below;

    The Double by George Pelecanos (Orion)

    The Double (Orion, €19.99) is the second novel from George Pelecanos to feature Spero Lucas, a veteran of the Iraq war now operating as a private investigator in Washington DC. Approached by a woman who has been scammed out of a valuable painting, Lucas takes the job, only to find himself quickly embroiled in a situation in which brutal violence offers the only exit strategy. An award-winning writer on the TV shows The Wire and Treme, among others, Pelecanos has been writing crime novels concerned with the effects of social and cultural conditioning since he debuted with A Firing Offence in 1992. As was the case with the first Spero Lucas novel, The Cut 2011.

    Water Music by Margie Orford (Head of Zeus)

    Margie Orford’s Water Music (Head of Zeus, €18.75) is fascinated with the way in which cultural and political pressures impact on criminal behaviour. Here the setting is contemporary South Africa, as profiler Clare Hart, who specialises in cases relating to missing children, tries to discover who abandoned a young child to die on the side of a mountain above Cape Town. Operating on meagre resources, and harassed by politicians determined to maintain the fiction of a healthy democracy.

    The Missing File by DA Mishani (Quercus)

    Set in the small Israeli city of Holon on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, D.A. Mishani’s debut The Missing File (Quercus, €11.50) begins with the mother of a young boy reporting his disappearance to Inspector Avraham Avraham. Perplexed but initially unconcerned  children are never kidnapped or killed in Israel.

    In the Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty (Serpent’s Tail)

    A Catholic officer in the RUC during the 1980s, Sean Duffy is that classic staple of the crime novel, the insider with an outsider’s perspective. Adrian McKinty’s In the Morning I’ll Be Gone (Serpent’s Tail, €18.75) follows on from The Cold, Cold Ground (2012) and I Hear the Sirens in the Street (2013), both of which were set in Northern Ireland and had for their backdrops the hunger strikes and the DeLorean affair, respectively.

    The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison (Headline)

    The Silent Wife (Headline, €14.99) is a debut novel, although, sadly, ASA Harrison died shortly before her book was published. The story is told through the eyes of Jodi and Todd, a married couple living in Chicago who are experiencing a tumultuous period in their relationship, particularly as the womanising Todd, now a successful businessman who chases much younger women, appears to have forgotten all the sacrifices Jodi made as he struggled to establish himself. Jodi, who works part-time as a psychotherapist in their plush apartment home, seems to take it all in her stride.

    Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

    Liz Nugent’s Unravelling Oliver (Penguin Ireland, €14.99) opens with Dublin-based writer Oliver Ryan viciously beating his wife Alice. The assault is described in the first person by Oliver himself, but Oliver’s is only one of a number of first-person accounts on offer here, each one a piece of the jigsaw that gradually assembles itself into portrait of a pathetic young boy who grew up to become a monster who writes best-selling children’s books.



    Alan Corr speaks to Jonathan Glazer

    Alan Corr spoke to director Jonathan Glazer recently about his new movie Under the Skin.

    Crime Round Up with Declan Burke

    In The Morning I'll be Gone is the latest crime thriller in the trilogy from Belfast born writer Adrian McKinty. Declan Burke joined Seán for a round-up of the latest crime novels.

    'Join Me in the Pines' - Dave Geraghty

    Dave Geraghty of Bell X1 joined Sean in studio with his new solo album. You can find out more information on

    Attempting an Irish accent?

    Russell Crowe elicited scathing derision for his attempt at an Irish Accent, alongside Colin Farrell in 'A New York Winter's Tale' and with St Patrick's Day ahead of us, we thought it was a good moment to reflect on some of the more outlandish, and inept portrayals of Ireland on Screen. Film critic Chris Wasser joined Sean in studio.

    'Queer as Folk' - 15 Years On

    Fifteen years ago Channel 4 began broadcasting a series that showed a 15 year old boy getting to grips with his sexuality. 'Queer as Folk' caused outrage at the time particularly the sex scene between the boy and a 29 year old man. Conor Behan joined Arena in studio.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:14
      Title: Happy
      Performer(s): Pharrell Williams
      Performer(s): Pharrell Williams
      Album: Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
      Duration: 3:40
    • 19:16
      Title: Budapest
      Composer: G Ezra/J Pott
      Performer(s): George Ezra
      Performer(s): George Ezra
      Album: Did You Hear the Rain? - EP, Columbia, 888837 792073
      Duration: 3:35
    • 19:17
      Title: How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?
      Performer(s): Dean Martin (Vocal); Helen O'Connell (Vocal)
      Performer(s): Dean Martin (Vocal); Helen O'Connell (Vocal)
      Duration: 3:01
    • 19:19
      Title: I Choose You
      Performer(s): Sara Bareilles
      Performer(s): Sara Bareilles
      Album: The Blessed Unrest
      Duration: 3:53
    • 19:26
      Title: Classical Gas
      Performer(s): Mason Williams
      Performer(s): Mason Williams
      Album: Rhino Hi-Five: Mason Williams - EP
      Duration: 3:19
    • 19:28
      Title: A Feather's Not A Bird
      Performer(s): Rosanne Cash
      Performer(s): Rosanne Cash
      Album: The River & the Thread
      Duration: 3:33
    • 19:29
      Title: Do You Believe In Love
      Performer(s): Huey Lewis & The News
      Performer(s): Huey Lewis & The News
      Album: Live At 25
      Duration: 3:38
    • 19:31
      Title: Rules Of Science
      Composer: Browne / Anderson
      Performer(s): Picturehouse
      Performer(s): Picturehouse
      Album: Evolution, Picturehouse Records, PHRC001
      Duration: 3:32
    • 19:56
      Title: In A Lifetime
      Performer(s): Clannad & Bono
      Performer(s): Clannad & Bono
      Album: The Best of Clannad: In a Lifetime (Remastered)
      Duration: 3:12
    • 19:58
      Title: High Hopes
      Composer: Bruce Springsteen
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Album: High Hopes, 88843015462
      Duration: 5:11

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