Perfect timing: an album of Rory Gallagher's hardboiled greatest hits - the title track, Continental Op, Loanshark Blues - for the days and nights when you have to turn up your own collar like a PI on the job.

Alongside the crime fiction-flavoured studio and live tracks, on the box set you also get a specially written short story by Ian Rankin, The Lie Factory, and an audio version of the whodunit narrated by Aidan Quinn, so your inner gumshoe is spoiled for lip-curling choice.

It's beautifully packaged and illustrated with the tracklist cranking up the badass attitude, so much so that even a walk around Stephen's Green while listening suddenly transports you to meaner streets in a make believe town.

There's a movie in here; the soundtrack is already superbly sorted.

Harry Guerin