Coming home for Christmas is a cliché Tom Iremonger hopes to explode.
After a six-month “transcontinental lost weekend” spent blowing his grandfather’s legacy, Ireland’s self-proclaimed Greatest Resource returns to Dublin armed only with his beloved leather jacket, a dwindling supply of Eurocheques, and a truly monstrous ego. Dublin, however, has changed. It seems, in fact, as smoothly sophisticated as Iremonger himself. Shaken, Tom finds himself violating some precious Rules of Cool–collecting for charity, cheating during the Forty-Foot Swim in the frigid Irish Sea, and above all trying (and failing) to win back Mainie Doyle, the urbane and beautiful daughter of a supermarket magnate. As he fights for his spot atop Dublin’s trendy new elite, can it be that Iremonger’s future is finally catching up with him? A novel of pints and posterboys, ravers and priests, semtex and sensibility, Cremins’s hilarious debut―part Less Than Zero, part Look Homeward, Angel―is as much about some very old truths as it is about the new Ireland.
All of Dublin is asking ‘What is John Paul Mountain, of all people, doing in Maverick, Texas?’ The son of Ireland’s first media family, John Paul had been raised to sell nothing but himself. Within a few years of spinning out of Trinity, he had failed to make it as a front man, film-maker and poet-provocateur. But why disappear to a Texan city made up of world-within-a-world shopping malls? Peter Dagg, John Paul’s old friend, is charged with the mission to return the prodigal son to the fold. At least in time for Peter’s marriage to John Paul’s sister, Suzette. However, soon new emissaries from Dublin are on their way…SEND IN THE DEVILS is an exceptionally entertaining portrait of the heirs apparent to the booming riches of new Ireland. Acclaimed novelist Robert Cremins takes us on a fast and funny ride through the land of the beautiful and the damned.