He's been in jail and, up till the present time during Ireland's economic boom, he's been involved in mostly petty stuff. There is a linear progression of the things Baby sees that change her and cause her to do what she does, but there is no real objective plot. Apparently kidnapping is his preferred mix of ease and profit. It was an international bestseller. Frankie Crowe, an extremely vicious, clearly insane criminal who fails at small time robberies decides to make things even more difficult by kidnapping and holding for ransom a wealthy banker who lives outside of Dublin. Add the fact that the events of this novel are narrated without a trace of self-pity or wallowing, and the novel is the perfect tool for instant gratitude. It is set in Montreal, the city I live This book was a really good debut novel! There is some grit, brutality, and murder, as goes with the theme.
His kisses tasted like my tears, so I realized that I was crying. In Canada the age of criminal responsibility is twelve. O'Neill tried too hard to romanticise scenes, giving us the most ridiculous imagery that could ever be imagined. It also evoked Taxi Driver like fantasies from me of walking up to Alphonse in the street and just stabbing him in the chest and then taking Baby far away from Montreal. We know it's not the truth though. Every character is well-drawn and brilliant.
I think I expected a book about a rebellious preteen girl who gets into drugs and sex and prostitution and has this really rough and intense life. The kidnapping plot resolves itself in a very suspenseful way, and a highly likable character finally decides to stand up to Frankie Crowe and his criminal network. In doing so, we can compare that experience to the experience Second Review: January 26, 2016 Wow, did I ever write more concise reviews in 2008! I'll take the liberty of informing you of that myself. She portrays that age 12-13 just so true to life at least for me. This book reminded me of Lolita, Native Son. Like jelly filled gloves, slapping me gently but steadily across the face like the hand of a moody yet camp pimp. The book follows the plot rather than being character driven - there are are a lot of characters which I found a bit hard to keep track of in the first third , none of whom we really get to 'know', but it is the story that you get right inside, that seems to have its own life and energy, turning and twisting towards its ending.
He thinks that he is untouchable because he cannot be charged until he is twelve. Frankie postpones his plans for about a week but then he decides to go through with kidnaping who he thinks is the head of a bank. Rather than following one person, Kerrigan shifts the point of view, telling different elements of the story from the perspective of a handful of characters, principally the main criminal Frankie Crowe, his reluctant sidekick, Martin Paxton, kidnap victim Angela Kennedy, and copper John Grace. Tense and gripping crime thriller, extremely well constructed and well written. It was sometimes obvious, but not annoying. All she really wants is to be loved and comforted and she looks for it in all the wrong places since she can't get it where she needs it.
I think teen readers looking for adult lit will dig this one because even though Baby is 12, her story is far more mature beyond her years and yet she's utterly easy for teens to relate to. I like a good weird book so this was a treasure for me for sure. They were so soft now. Frankie freaks out and murders Jo-Jo, his bodyguard, and his mother in a terrible bloodbath. They were so soft now. Apparently kidnapping is his preferred mix of ease and profit.
This book was a really good debut novel! The dialogue is seemingly real to the Irish setting. To me, unfortunately, this book was none of these things, and I cannot begin to imagine why people thought it was. What did I pay attention to this time? When I start a book, I like to finish it. The narrative is fresh and sharp, the child is smart so the reader gets a sharp perspective of the street life and the Omg what a debut I can't believe I haven't read this book till now. Knowing that his age makes him untouchable he takes full advantage of it. There were a few issues with closure at the This book was not something that I would typically pick up, but it was for a book club. He tries hard and he provides what he can when he can.
Excellent story telling,a real page turner, this is a writer who really knows how to tell a story. Lullabies for Little Criminals reminds us, over and over, of how we judge and are judged by others, and how these judgements influence us. Those talents got him to a respectable level, at which he lingered. He's also not above violent outbursts from which quite a few people suffer. I don't know if it's because this is a Canadian book, or because it's set in Canada, but I definitely expected this to be a lot more popular than it is according to Goodreads. You can make choices like that. His book The Rage won the 2012 Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year.
She'll find a way out. The final rip was the one that broke me. There was nothing in this book that made me want to keep reading. The whole book is wonderfully evocative of Dublin before the crash, colliding together the worlds of criminal gangs and the corporate elite. Suddenly you realise that this kid who seems to be popular, connected and tough is far from it and is merely fitting the mould society has carved for him and when the pillars of his self, the shreds of normality that his world clings to are torn away he realises that the voices were right, he is alone, he is not special, and his time has run out.
An This book was heartbreaking and sad. Even though the characters were involved in things that I find unsavory, the way the writer wrote the story kept me engaged throughout the book. Put my name on a billboard, decorate a cake with a picture of my haggard old face on it. In Frankie's mind, the head of a bank has easy access to money. It's when Jules locks her out that she's forced to look after herself, and with no friends or relatives there's only one person she can turn to. Our anti-hero is Frankie Crowe.
I would give it a B+. The cover blurb compares him to Elmore Leonard; I agree. I am there with Baby the first time she shoots heroin or loses her virginity. Contributing Artists Ry Cooder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, J. Twelve-year old Baby lives with her drug-addicted, irresponsible twenty-seven-year old father in Montreal,Canada, where they move from place to place, from dump to dump. Moving from hotel to hotel with her father a 27 year old heroin addict Baby shows you exactly what life is like when you're right between childhood and adulthood. She is a person of remarkable natural integrity and morals nonetheless, but as the book progresses, these morals get twisted further and further out of focus as she tries to deal with growing up while her father slips further away from reality.