Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told: A Novel

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Part human comedy and part mystery, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told is an enthralling, masterful story about what holds a village together and what keeps people apart. When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him. He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental. But Patrick knows—and believes the whole town knows—they were murders. He knows because he and his best friend, Mikey Lamb, were witnesses.

And so Patrick goes to see eighty-year-old Sam Howard, the lawyer who conducted the inquest into the death of missionary priest Jarlath Coughlin. As he questions Sam and Sam’s vibrant, loving, gossipy wife, Elsie, he seeks acknowledgment of a cover-up and an explanation of why the Protestant establishment would help conceal a crime among Catholics. During their give-and-take—about this and the nearly simultaneous shotgun death of Lawrence Gorman (aka Doul Yank)—what emerges from their collective memories are a pungent, wry portrait of village life in Ireland and a tangle of human relationships, some twisted and some that show our better side.

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About the author

Tom Phelan was born and raised on a farm in County Laois, Ireland. His first novel was published to critical acclaim when he was fifty. He is also the author of The Canal Bridge, lauded as “the best novel of love in the time of war since Cold Mountain” (Howard Frank Mosher) and “another First World War masterpiece (Irish Independent), as well as Iscariot, Derrycloney, and Nailer. He lives with his wife on Long Island, New York.
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Publisher
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Published on
Feb 3, 2015
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781628724707
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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