The Salesman

The Salesman

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It's Dublin, June 1995, the hottest summer since records began. But Billy Sweeney, a middle-aged salesman with a failed marriage, a faltering career and a tumbledown house, has more than weather on his mind. His youngest daughter lies in a coma in hospital following a mysterious attack on the petrol station where she worked. Devastated by the unfolding consequences of that hot, violent night, frustrated by officialdom and failed by the system, Billy finally tires of seeking legal justice. He decides to take the law into his own hands...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099268388
  • 9780099268383
  • 362,580

About Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include six previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, and Redemption Falls. Star of the Sea became an international bestseller, winning the Irish Post Award for Fiction, an American Library Association Award, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, and the Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His work has been published in thirty-five languages. www.josephoconnorauthor.com.show more

Review quote

"[A] gripping and moving thriller" Guardian "Like other young Irish writers, O'Connor brings into view a sharp and harsh image of contemporary Ireland. But this carries with it a feeling of emotional credibility not found in more traditional and stereotypical images of Irish life. It also brings a deeply ironic black humour of which the novel is full" Scotsman "Very near perfection. You'll be on the edge of your seat." The Literary Reviewshow more

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"Like other young Irish writers, O'Connor brings into view a sharp and harsh image of contemporary Ireland. But this carries with it a feeling of emotional credibility not found in more traditional and stereotypical images of Irish life. It also brings a deeply ironic black humour of which the novel is full"show more

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514 ratings
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3 25% (126)
2 5% (27)
1 2% (8)
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