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In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras two aging Irishmen Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs sit at night none too pa. Two weeks away from goodreads exploring lovely Snowdonia North Wales and my reviews are beginning to stack up so here goes When we first meet Maurice and Charlie a couple faded Irish crooks they are not at their bestA couple of baggy fifty something years olds hats at jaunty angles they sit folded uncomfortably onto hard shiny seats gritty eyed and weary under the hard fizzing lights of Algeciras ferry terminalIt’s sometime in the unforgiving early hoursUsually they are charming full of colourful banter and whimsy real comedians At other times they are misty eyed and nostalgic Surely these are the epitome of loveable rogues or are they very bad and dangerous menThey watch the tired procession of travellers from Tangier straggle through the terminal‘It’s as if an ordeal has been passed through The short crossing to Algeciras can play an odd music inside trouble has passed this way before and the old journeys reverberate still’The rogues loveable or not are waiting for Dilly a young dreadlocked ‘crustie’ with a dog on a ropeStrong emotions are stirringThe story of how they came to this place unfolds through ‘memory trips’ taking in a haphazard route from Cork to Barcelona Malaga Cadiz and on to TangierDescriptions are colourful and atmospheric and the language raw and intensely lyrical The narrative however is kept taut which is great as a lot of the situations have a melancholy drugged dreamlike feel I was excited by the writing it felt fresh and different The story is shot through with humour and a fair few shocks but was also surprisingly tenderI wasn’t sure whether I was going to enjoy this novel but I ended up loving it Kevin Barry is a very fine author

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Night Boat to Tangier is not a caper or a ‘crime’ novel but a character driven story that just happens to be set in a gangster milieu Along the way there is tragedy comedy and the peculiar durability of friendships formed in youthIrish crooks Maurice and Charlie lifelong partners in drug smuggling are hanging about the ferry terminal at Algeciras hoping to locate an estranged daughter As they wait for long hours the story unfolds of these two colourful wizened beyond their years gangsters over decades of shared criminal exploits love and loss It’s Maurice’s tale really with Charlie playing a key but secondary part Barry takes some creative approaches here – in particular one tense confrontation between Maurice and Charlie in a shebeen is related entirely from the POV of onlookers and eavesdroppers We only get snippets of Maurice and Charlie’s conversation in what is essentially a dumbshow and there’s palpable menace in the air Placing the reader at a distance for such a climactic moment shouldn’t work but it does brilliantly It’s taut suspenseful cut the tension with a knife stuff that culminates in a chilling act of violence This single chapter is so good it would make for a 5 star short story in its own rightPage by page Barry’s writing skips with Irish vim and vigour; he’s eually adroit at the comedic and the poignant The dialogue is snappy banter between characters delightfully dry the descriptive prose lyrical and melancholy The novel abounds with canny encapsulated images like these ‘The city ran a swarm of fast anchovy faces’‘their smiles are high and piratical; their jauntiness has a cutlass edge’‘Charlie got up out of the bed paced the room like a single human shriek made flesh and bone’‘her sighs opened pockets of woe in the cold bright air’If I have a criticism it is only that I would have liked of Charlie’s back story and Cynthia Maurice’s wife is barely sketched too despite her being at the centre of everything uibbles aside Night Boat to Tangier was a thoroughly enjoyable read with the added bonus of discovering a terrific new to me author 4 stars Everyday Sports Injuries they are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter or is she Dilly The Baby Doctor to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading Zafarnama there This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in Ghalib: The Man, The Times tim. 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