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Brouhaha

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You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. If you're up for something a little different that challenges your idea of what a dark comedy can achieve in terms of literary weight, then I bring you Brouhaha! No doubt O’Hanlon’s publisher would like it to be compared to Paul Murray and Colin Bateman, but Brouhaha would probably never have been published were it not for O’Hanlon’s status. Now his best friend Philip is home asking awkward questions about Dave's death, about the strange graphic novel he left behind, and, most of all, about Sandra - missing now for over a decade, whereabouts unknown. He’s also followed in the footsteps of his co-stars and fellow comedian Graham Norton and comedienne Pauline McGlynn (Mrs Doyle) by turning his hand to writing.

Others will enjoy like it just as it is, with all the wisdom, sidebars and humour that O'Hanlon is noted for. Maybe together they can break through the web of lies that has built up around Sandra's disappearance and finally get to the truth? I look forward to reading more from this author with a surprisingly ( to those who only know the tv characters) literary talent. Each of the principal characters reaches an accommodation with the real world, and a kind of elegiac acceptance of it.

Can these three unlikely bed fellows work together to decipher the graphic novel and discover the truth about Dove and Sandra, before they become another digit on the body count…. Our third main protagonist is Kevin, a retired Garda whose life has been haunted by a young girl's disappearance. Overall, though, this was a book well worth reading with much that I enjoyed even if I didn’t get along with every element.

As for the group of boyhood friends surrounding Philip, the like of them can be seen hanging around on street corners in any town, anywhere in the world. This has the bones of a cracking literary thriller with heavyweight crime story credentials, but it also has a surreal quality to it in the way the very darkest kind of humour ties everything together. The plotting was noticeably first rate, with droplets of information into proceedings and then tidied up efficiently later on in the story. In the fictional town of Tullyanna, which reportedly bears more than a passing resemblance to O’Hanlon’s home town of Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, Dove Connolly has blown his brains out, while Sandra Mohan went missing years beforehand. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

It was so funny at points, but overall the pacing felt so scattered I couldn’t find my way through it. These three intrepid individuals lead us through a myriad of scenarios, some very funny, some gruesome but all highly entertaining. I felt the story spent too long setting the scene and I was getting bored but stuck with it and the last third of the book raced to the rather obvious conclusion.

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