Winterland by Alan Glynn


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Faber and Faber, 2009. 468 pages. ISBN: 978-0-571-25003-5.

The story revolves around the death, on the very same day, of two men. They are relatives and do bear the same name. Noel Rafferty, a petty criminal and a small-scale drug dealer is shot to death in the beer garden of a Dublin pub, probably the victim of a rivalry between gangs. Hours later his uncle Noel Rafferty, a well respected construction engineer, kills himself in a car crash driving under the influence of an excessive amount of alcohol. A coincidence, perhaps, but Gina Rafferty, her aunt and sister, does not believe in coincidences and starts asking questions on her own. “There has to be a more satisfactory explanation”. Besides she knows that his brother was not a heavy drinker.

During her search, we will meet the rest of the characters. Paddy Norton, a painkiller addict and a property developer, chairman of Winterland properties. Larry Bolger, a compulsive gambler and a cabinet minister with aspirations to become the next Taoiseach. Mark Griffin, the only survivor of a car accident in which all the members of his family died when he was just a child. And Young Noel’s gang leader, Terry ‘The Electrician’ Stack.

Winterland is told in first person from the perspective of different characters. Thus the reader is currently ahead of some of the events narrated. This turns out to be a very powerful tool to capture the reader’s attention in the expert hands of a skilful writer. As a result, the reader gets involved in the plot and finds it difficult to put the book down. An absorbing thriller with a great sense of place and convincing characters. A worthwhile reading. Top notch.

Winterland, is Alan Glynn’s second novel. His debut novel The Dark Fields, was made into a film as Limitless – starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro – in Spring 2011. It has been reprinted later on by Faber & Faber as Limitless. His third novel, Bloodland, has just been released. Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied English Literature. He has worked in magazine publishing in New York and as an EFL teacher in Italy.

Winterland has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, Rob at The View from the Blue House, Kimbofo at Reading Matters, Bernadette at Reactions to Reading, Glenn at International Noir Fiction, Declan at Crime Always Pays.

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Alan Glynn “Winterland”

 

Winterland de Alan Glynn

La historia gira en torno a la muerte, en el mismo día, de dos hombres. Son parientes y llevan el mismo nombre. Noel Rafferty, un delincuente de poca monta y un traficante de drogas en pequeña escala es asesinado a tiros en el jardín de un pub de Dublín, posiblemente víctima de una rivalidad entre bandas. Horas más tarde, su tío Noel Rafferty, un ingeniero muy respetado, se mata en un accidente de tráfico por conducir bajo la influencia de una cantidad excesiva de alcohol. Una coincidencia, tal vez, pero Gina Rafferty, su tía y su hermana, no cree en las coincidencias y empieza a hacer preguntas por su cuenta. “Tiene que haber una explicación más satisfactoria“. Además ella sabe que su hermano no era bebedor.

Durante su búsqueda, nos encontraremos con el resto de los personajes. Paddy Norton, un adicto a los analgésicos y un promotor inmobiliario, presidente de propiedades Winterland. Larry Bolger, un jugador compulsivo y ministro del gobierno que aspira a convertirse en el próximo Primer Ministro. Mark Griffin, el único sobreviviente de un accidente de coche en el que todos los miembros de su familia murieron cuando él era apenas un niño. Y el líder de la banda del joven Noel, Terry ‘El Electricista’ Stack.

Winterland está narrada en primera persona desde la perspectiva de diferentes personajes. Así, el lector va por delante de algunos de los acontecimientos narrados. Esto resulta ser una herramienta muy poderosa capaz de captar la atención del lector en las manos expertas de un escritor muy hábil. Como resultado, el lector se involucra en la trama y le resulta difícil dejar el libro. Un novela de intriga absorbente con un gran sentido del lugar y con unos personajes muy convincentes. Merece la pena su lectura. De categoría.

Winterland, es la segunda novela de Alan Glynn. Su primera novela The Dark Fields, ha sido llevada al cine como Sin Límites – protagonizada por Bradley Cooper y Robert De Niro – en la primavera de 2011. Se ha reeditado más tarde por Faber & Faber, como Sin Límites. Su tercera novela, Bloodland, acaba de aparecer. Alan Glynn se graduó en el Trinity Collage de Dublín, donde estudió Literatura Inglesa. Ha trabajado para varias revistas en Nueva York y fue profesor de inglés en Italia.

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12 thoughts on “Winterland by Alan Glynn

  1. José Ignacio – I’m very glad you liked this one as much as you did :-). You make a well-taken point that it can be difficult to manage multiple first-person points of view. If the writer does it well, though, it can indeed be an effective way to draw the reader into the story.

  2. Glad you liked this – an excellent book, I thought. Have not read his earlier one as sci-fi (I was told) but looking forward to his next.

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