Blue is the Night, Paperback

Blue is the Night Paperback

Part of the The Blue Trilogy series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


1949. Lance Curran is set to prosecute a young man for a brutal murder, in the 'Robert the Painter' case, one which threatens to tear society apart.

In the searing July heat, corruption and justice vie as Harry Ferguson, Judge Curran's fixer, contemplates the souls of men adrift, and his own fall from grace with the beautiful and wilful Patricia.

Within three years, Curran will be a judge, his nineteen year old daughter dead, at the hands of a still unknown murderer, and his wife Doris condemned to an asylum for the rest of her days.

In "Blue Is the Night", it is Doris who finally emerges from the fog of deceit and blame to cast new light into the murder of her daughter - as McNamee once again explores and dramatizes a notorious and nefarious case.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571278602



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A Masterpiece from the Irish Master.Blue is the Night is the final part of Eoin McNamee’s loose crime trilogy based on events in Belfast between 1949 and 1952, based on real events turned in to novel format which gets its claws in to you. What I like about Blue is the Night it is a wonderful examination of murder, guilt, madness and corruption as well as the ghosts of the past. Knowing that all this was possible in a democratic country and when you look at the cases themselves you wonder you really do wonder what the truth was and is.In April 1949 a young man known as Robert the Painter is arrested for the murder ofMary McGowan and is sent for trial by the Attorney General Lance Curran who will prosecute the case, nothing new in that. The only problem this case is in Belfast in 1949 the six counties of Ulster are no longer part of the new Republic of Ireland and have been separated for little over twenty years. There is a great divide between the Catholic and the mainly Protestant community’s suspicion and fear, Catholics fearing that they are not given a fair hearing in Parliament or in the eyes of the law. This murder has been committed by a protestant on a catholic woman, all the ingredients for some very major problems in Belfast.Lance Curran prosecutes the case in defiance of the majority Protestants who do everything they can to have the case dismissed or at least the defence win. While doing this Curran has much to contend with at home, his wife and her mental illnesses, his wayward daughter and his religious son. While Ferguson his fix is always moving in the background doing fixing but for who? Then in 1952 Patricia Curran’s daughter is murdered and the book is about the search for the truth for the 1949 and 1952 murders. All this takes place in the 1960s as now Judge Curran sits on the trial of a murder similar to the murder of his daughter.Ferguson attempts to find the truth amongst everything else that has gone on and he is dependant up on Doris Curran revealing what happened the night of Patricia’s murder the only problem she is a resident of a mental health hospital and not too lucid very often. To find the truth he has to unpick what he did in those distant years to be able to get close to the truth.What I like about Blue Is the Night is the clear prose and how it makes the sentences pass by with ease as NcNamee draws you further in with this compulsive story. This is an examination of trying to deal with your own conscience while everything else is out of your own control. How the evil in the world can sometimes be protected from the world by corruption and lies even if they intent is for the greater good. It is a wonderful examination of how complex we all are and ask ourselves what would we have done? This is a brilliant retelling of events of Belfast in its infancy when everything was at stake and still is.

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